"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Healthiest Community Challenge

Last evening, I had the honor of attending Cumberland’s Mayor and City Council meeting to present the Healthiest Community award.  They received a traveling trophy and a check for $2000.  The City of Cumberland, along with the towns of Lonaconing, Piedmont and Westernport, participated in the Healthiest Community Challenge sponsored by WMHS.  The community that lost the most weight, increased their physical activity and improved their diet would be selected as the winner.  In addition, an individual award would be presented to the individual participant who made the greatest progress in these areas.  The winner of the individual award was Bill Skidmore of Cumberland, who lost 14% of his body weight.  The mayors of each city took the challenge seriously and performed exceptionally well.  Through this challenge, we took a major step in addressing obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes in our area.  In fact, the City of Cumberland voted to use their winnings to advance the health and wellness of the City's employees and residents.  Congratulations, Mayor Brian Grimm.

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