PORTLAND, Tenn. – The city of Portland is getting national recognition for helping residents live healthier lives.
Over the last few years, city leaders have made a conscious effort to provide more ways for people to get active and eat healthier, and it is paying off.
Beach Body, a company behind multiple home fitness workout programs, which will feature the city and its successes in a new documentary.
“It’s awesome to show what a small town can to do,” said Kina Wald, a Beach Body coach and leader of the city’s Fit Club. “It takes people taking action on their wants and desires.”
Wald has watched as the city’s Fit Club has grown over the last three years. Now as many as 100 people participate in the free cardiovascular workouts each week.
“It has changed so many people’s lives,” said Wald. “It is a blessing to see their results and their dedication.”
In addition to Fit Club, the city has started a walking program called “The Strawberry Stroll,” the Strawberry 5K run, a community garden, and free nutrition classes.
Mayor Ken Wilber said when residents in the city are healthy, the entire city benefits.
“The healthier you can be, the better you feel,” said Mayor Wilber. “The better you feel, the happier you are and the more you can be involved in your community.”
Wilber participates in many of the events, and said after having gastric bypass surgery and making lifestyle changes he has lost more than 170 pounds in 2 years.
“Hopefully, in a few years, we will look back and see how we were able to make a difference,” said Mayor Wilber.
The crew from Beach Body wrapped up filming this week. The documentary will air online and on the Discovery Fit and Health Channel starting in September.
The Portland Fit Club meets every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on North Broadway. It is free and open to the public.