Fit Pass SA: Your passport to a healthier you

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Fitness Council have joined together to create a one-of-a-kind interactive fitness challenge, Fit Pass SA.  In an effort to continue to make San Antonio a healthy and fit city, Fit Pass SA is designed to encourage participants to stay active by offering them the opportunity to win prizes for attending a wide variety of free and low-cost wellness activities offered throughout the City.

“We like to think of the program as an interactive fitness scavenger hunt,” said Michael Baldwin, Assistant Parks & Recreation Manager.  “The program was developed to raise awareness of all of the great wellness programs available to citizens here in San Antonio, as well as to encourage our residents to lead active and healthy lifestyles.”

Are you ready for the challenge? Participating in the Fit Pass SA program is easy!  Participants can pick up a free Fit Pass SA Passport at any Fit Pass SA event or download a temporary passport online at www.FitCitySA.com.  Fit Pass SA passports are also available at several community centers listed on the website.

Next, you choose from the activities and events listed in the passport that you wish to attend. “There are more than 150 activities and events listed in the Fit Pass SA passport and we’re also adding new activities every month,” said Michelle Martinez, Fit Pass SA Project Manager.  “To offer something for everyone we have partnered with a variety of organizations such as the San Antonio Museum of Art, YMCA, Animal Defense League, Green Spaces Alliance, San Antonio Sports’ Fit Family Challenge and many more.”

Other featured events and activities include Fitness in the Park classes, HEB nutritional activities, volunteering with the San Antonio Food Bank and other activities at the Witte Museum, San Antonio Public Library and eating healthy at local restaurants through the Por Vida Program and San Antonio Metro Health. To get credit for participating the participant’s passport must be stamped by a Fit Pass SA representative on site.  Every event and activity has a designated point value, so the more events attended, the more points earned. Participants are encouraged to visit FitCitySA.com for complete details (including times and locations), new Fit Pass SA events and other updates about the program and point opportunities.

The program began this summer and will continue through March of 2014. At the end of the program participants will be asked to return their passports for their chance to reap the benefits of their hard work.  Participants with 50 points or more will earn a Fit Pass SA gift pack and will automatically be entered to win bigger prizes.

“We want to reward our participants with great prizes such as bicycles, gift cards, gaming systems, fitness equipment, and more; but at the end of the day, the ultimate prize is maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Baldwin. Participants are encouraged to keep attending events beyond the first 50 points, as grand prize packages will be awarded to the overall top youth and adult point earners and will be recognized at Siclovia in March 2014.

Earn two points just for following the Fit Pass SA program on Twitter at @SAParksFitness for information on event details, Fit Pass SA updates, new events and Twitter contests. Be sure to visit www.FitCitySA.com or www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/FitpassSA.aspx for complete details, rules and ongoing activities or call (210) 207-3000 for more information.