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Cities Motivate Residents to Get Fit

The Town of Flower Mound will give prizes to healthy residents



    Flower Mound is challenging residents to get fit this year.

    It has launched Flower Mound Fit, a program that encourages people to eat healthy and exercise. Prizes motivate people to take part.

    "We have 34 miles of trail systems," Mayor Melissa Northern said. "We have the Community Activity Center. That has been amazing for our community, so we have a program that fits every lifestyle."

    The town wants more of its residents to share Paul Wouters' attitude.

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    "I come here at least four times or five times a week," he said. "I do the power walk 6.1 miles with 15 percent incline. Then I do weights, and I swim 50 laps."

    The 69-year-old said he finds it invigorating.

    "I love it. I enjoy it. I really do," Wouters said.

    Northern said the Flower Mound Fit program is part of the town's healthy community initiative. It will last all spring and include activities and events for residents of all ages.

    "I have a 9-year-old son, so I want to bring him out," Sheri Litten said. "I think it's important that the earlier you get started with good health and good routines and with working out and whatnot, the better."

    The goal is to rack up points. In May, prizes will be handed out.

    "If I tell him he can win an iPad, he will want to come and show up more," Litten said.

    The city of Carrollton is also encouraging residents to get healthy this year. It launched a Get Fit website that helps people track their wellness goals.