Mayor Betsy Price gets laced up for FitWorth event. (credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

Mayor Betsy Price gets laced up for FitWorth event. (credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Bands, drums and cheerleaders were on hand in downtown Fort Worth Thursday. The celebration was meant to try and get office workers to take an on the job 15-minute fitness break.

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The event was part of Mayor Betsy Price’s FitWorth Health City Initiative. Several hundred gathered in Burnett Plaza as part of the push to get Fort Worth workers to make healthier everyday choices.

Mayor Price said those healthy choices are easier if employers support them. “We’re gonna ask the businesses to sign a pledge that their employees will get out and walk 15 minutes a day, or get some type of movement.”

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Poor nutrition can certainly contribute to poor health, but inactivity also contributes to poor physical fitness. Price wants Fort Worth employees to not be stagnant. “Then you got eight hours at work – take a 15-minute break and don’t sit in the lunch room,” she encouraged. “Get up and find a friend and walk. Meet somebody you don’t know. Take a co-worker you don’t know and find out something about them.”

The FitWorth campaign encourages Fort Worth employers, schools, hospitals, government officials, faith communities, non-profits, and retailers to help stop the trend of obesity. Price said if that happens everybody wins. “We gotta have a healthy city. A healthy workforce has a better frame of mind, better physical abilities. It just delivers more.”

The FitWorth effort is already paying off with children. Some 27,000 Fort Worth ISD students are tracking their activity level and nutrition in an 8-week challeng.

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