August 01, 2014
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City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert gives a motivational speech before the kick-off his first Mayor’s Fitness Challenge in partnership with Winn-Dixie.​

Winn-Dixie has teamed up with the City of Miami Gardens, Fla. on the first Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, which kicked off July 19 and runs through Sept. 27.

Winn-Dixie store No. 246 Store Director Ron Daniels said he is excited about the program and will join Mayor Oliver Gilbert and city residents once a week to take part in a variety of exercises, including running, yoga and water aerobics.

Since transferring to his store last September, Daniels has been looking for ways to become more involved with the city and quickly accepted the opportunity to work closely with the mayor’s office. Daniels will be working alongside city officials and fitness challengers throughout the 10-week program, and he’s shared his personal commitment to health with his family, who will also take part in the activities.

“Partnering with the city to support a program that strives to make our community a healthier place is something I am extremely proud of,” said Daniels. “I look forward to continue working side-by-side hundreds of residents that have committed to the challenge, as well as accomplishing my own personal fitness goals.”

Along with Daniels’ participation, Winn-Dixie is donating water and snacks throughout the program to hydrate and energize challenge participants. Mayor Gilbert says he applauds Winn-Dixie’s and Daniels’ dedication to be an avid supporter of healthy community initiatives.

“Ron and Winn-Dixie have stepped up to be a tremendous corporate partner in our community and we thank them for their support of our inaugural Mayor’s Fitness Challenge,” he said. “Ron’s commitment to the challenge and collaboration with local residents are great examples of his devotion to being an invaluable member of our community.”

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Mayor Gilbert jogs with fitness challengers during his kick-off event.

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Residents have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fitness activities throughout September 27 as part of the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.

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