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61 Day Challenge Kicks Off Fifth Year of Creating a Healthier Detroit


The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) kicked off its 5th Annual 61 Day Health Challenge during a rally held Friday, October 28 in DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospital’s Kresge Auditorium with hundreds of participants in attendance.

The 61 Day Health Challenge is a community initiative focusing on healthy lifestyle management including nutrition, health education, healthy food choices, fitness and dedication. Following the tradition of the past four years, during the months of November and December, participants are being challenged to replace high-calorie, high-carbohydrate side dishes with healthy substitutes. This year, participants are asked to consume more vegetables along with the previous challenges of consuming no soda, no fried foods and less sugar, together with taking more steps and eating more fruit.

The DMC 61 Day Challenge is not a weight-loss program. Organizers are committed to providing education that assists in understanding how eating healthier can help individuals feel better, be more productive and/or gain control over chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Today’s 61 Day Challenge is an expansion of the successful 2012 Say No to Soda Pop campaign founded by Reginald Eadie, M.D., COO of DMC. “Being healthy simply means choosing the right options for your body's well being," says Dr. Eadie. "The 61 Day Challenge provides individuals with the education and motivation that makes that choice easier."

The 61 Day Challenge officially begins on . In the past four years, the outpouring of community participation in the DMC 61 Day Challenge has been amazing and outcomes for some participants even more remarkable. Last year, thousands of DMC employees, corporate partner

employees and community members from across metropolitan Detroit and southeast Michigan took the pledge to live healthy during the 61-days. This year’s participation is shaping up to include even more

Detroit and southeast Michigan residents, as well as regional 61 Day Challenge business partners and their employees. In addition to the hundreds who participated in Friday’s kick-off event, many more will make their pledge online leading up to and after the kick off. It’s not too late to take the pledge and take that first step towards a healthier way of eating.

For more information and to take the 61 Day Challenge pledge, visit A resource toolbox is also available online with tips for meeting the challenge requirements and staying motivated.



About the Detroit Medical Center,
The Detroit Medical Center operates eight hospitals and institutes, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and DMC Heart Hospital. The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The Detroit Medical Center is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.

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