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HEALTH & WELLNESS
The FitPHX Fall into Fitness program
brings community members together
at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.
FitPHX: Citywide Health and Wellness
in the Heart of Phoenix
By Kat Mase, MBA
F
itPHX has been building a healthier, happier Phoenix through
connection and collaboration for more than a decade. In today's
fast-paced world, where sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy habits
abound, this citywide health and wellness initiative encourages
community members to lead healthy, active lives. With a population of
more than 1.7 million, Phoenix stands as one of the largest and most diverse
cities in the United States. FitPHX was built on a commitment to
health equity rooted in this diversity. The idea was simple but profound:
make health and wellness opportunities available to all.
The City of Phoenix launched
FitPHX in 2013 with the goal of
improving health and wellness in
the region and making Phoenix one
of the healthiest cities in the nation.
Supported by the City of Phoenix
mayor and City Council offices, the
city created the FitPHX coordinator
position and allocated it to the park
and recreation department.
To gauge progress and set benchmarks,
the city turned to the American
College of Sports Medicine's
American Fitness Index®
rankings,
which consider factors like physical
activity and access to parks and
healthcare. In 2021, Phoenix made
strides, climbing up the ranks and
reaffirming its position as a city
committed to health.
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Creating Connections
FitPHX serves as a vital bridge connecting
the community to existing
health and wellness programs and
services. At the launch of the initiative,
the city recognized there were
many decentralized health and
wellness services spread throughout
its departments. By coordinating efforts
and centralizing information
under the FitPHX brand, the initiative
maximizes the impact of these
services, ensuring that they reach
those who need them the most.
The initiative focuses on education
and outreach, engaging community
members through health workshops,
seminars and fitness classes. By
fostering a sense of ownership and
empowerment among community
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES RITTER, CITY OF PHOENIX

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