Citizens Bank tops HealthPlus in 2nd ‘healthy competition’

GENESEE COUNTY — For the second straight year two Flint-based companies — Citizens Bank and HealthPlus of Michigan — engaged in a friendly physical activity competition against one another.

The eight-week “Commit to Get Fit 2.0” culminated in a finale event held Aug. 16 at the Citizens Bank headquarters in Flint.

Citizens Bank and HealthPlus employees reported their minutes of physical activity throughout the challenge. The winning company was determined by the highest average minutes of physical activity per participating employee.

Season 2 “at-home” winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and HealthPlus spokesperson Pete Thomas announced the winner of the 2011 challenge and the “Nash-Hill Cup” — named after Citizens Bank President and CEO Cathy Nash and HealthPlus President and CEO Bruce Hill — was Citizens Bank with an average of 2,104 physical activity minutes per participating employee. HealthPlus averaged 2,038 physical activity minutes per participating employee.

“The goal of our two companies is to continue to use the Commit to Get Fit Program to encourage ourselves to begin, maintain, or boost fitness,” said Citizens Bank President and CEO Cathy Nash. “Overall, 1,607 employees made a positive improvement toward a healthy lifestyle.”

“We were pleased to partner with Citizens Bank again this year to promote the importance of physical activity to our respective workforces and to the community in a unique and fun way,” said HealthPlus President and CEO Bruce Hill. “Ninety-five percent of HealthPlus employees participated in the challenge this year which demonstrates their enthusiasm about the program.”

HealthPlus and Citizens Bank will participate in a new physical activity competition involving more companies this fall. The Commit to Fit! Fall 4 Fitness Challenge sponsored by the Greater Flint Health Coalition and HealthPlus is a four week challenge to encourage employees to represent their organizations by being physically active. It is available to all Genesee County organizations interested in bringing wellness to the workplace and competing with other organizations.

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