Shape Up Fort Bend’s Champions of Wellness Launch

Michele Barnes, Sandy Olive, Nicole Volek, Eugenia Blomstrom, Cody Robbins and Michelle Haver.

Michele Barnes, Sandy Olive, Nicole Volek, Eugenia Blomstrom, Cody Robbins and Michelle Haver.

America has spent more than any other nation on building a health care system primarily focused on treating people once they are sick. Shape Up Fort Bend, a 100 percent volunteer non-profit organization, believes that Fort Bend County can commit to tackling preventive health issues with various county-wide, fun challenges, and County Judge Robert Herbert agrees. At the Champions of Wellness launch event on January 9th at Performance Pilates Studio, Judge Hebert presented a proclamation encouraging and announcing a campaign challenging Fort Bend residents to collectively lose one million pounds.

The Million Pound Challenge is a web-based program that tracks weight loss, and participants can log other relevant health indicators onto their page. The campaign promotes healthy eating, regular exercise and competition to motivate weight loss and is being coordinated by Shape up Fort Bend in alliance with Shape Up Houston.

Chair of Shape Up Fort Bend Dr. Eugenia Blomstrom, RN, said, “Fort Bend County is known for being a leader, and now we can begin to move our county into positive measures to recognize and celebrate all of our Fort Bend cities, organizations, various stake holders and primarily our residents to place a priority on wellness, create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make lifestyle changes.”

Two Greatwood leaders in wellness, Performance Pilates and Greatwood Training Center (GTC), have joined this rally and together created the “Get Fit Kit,” giving those new to exercising the opportunity to try everything and to help Million Pound Challenge participants reach their goals.

To participate or become a sponsor of the Million Pound Challenge, contact Nicole Volek at or 832-520-8212.