Strive to Thrive

OhioHealth fitness trainers will coach Strive to Thrive contestants and lead community workouts during the competition taking place from Jan. 6 to April 3, 2020. 

Are you thinking about making healthy changes to your diet and fitness activity in the coming months? Consider applying for Strive to Thrive hosted by Richland Source and OhioHealth. 

The goal of the competition is to create change in the community. The 2019 OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment identified that 42 percent of adults are at risk for obesity and 31 percent are at risk for being overweight. Studies show that being obese or overweight increases an individual’s risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

“We want to help individuals take the steps to create change in their own lives,” said Emily Freeman, supervisor, of OhioHealth Ontario Health and Fitness Center. “We want to meet them where they are in their wellness journey and provide the support they need through the process to a healthier life.”

Contestants will receive nutritional and fitness education in order to make changes that will improve their overall health. On a weekly basis, contestants will record their workouts, hours of sleep and food intake. 

Group fitness competitions will take place monthly at OhioHealth Ontario Health & Fitness Center (1750 W. 4th Street) along with educational seminars and workouts open to the public. Community members will be encouraged to follow the competition at and access blogs about healthy lifestyle changes written by OhioHealth trainers.

Along with complimentary personal training sessions, contestants will receive a FitBit and use of OhioHealth training facilities. An overall winner will be named based on his/her body composition analysis using OhioHealth's InBody 230. 

Contestants will not be cut from the competition, rather they will receive continued support and accountability on their health journeys. The winner will receive a year-long membership to the OhioHealth Health and Fitness Center.

If you are ready to receive accountability for making lasting lifestyle changes, consider applying for Strive to Thrive. Applications are due by Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m. If you are excited about supporting the contestants, reading their stories and striving to thrive in your own life - stay tuned! There will be much more to come. 


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