INSIGHT-2-HEALTH FITNESS CHALLENGE: Making fitness a new year’s resolution

h-insight 2 health 166I’m taking the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge’s (I2HC).

It begins Saturday Jan. 17 and guides participants through steps towards lifestyle changes that are sustainable and will enhance your quality of life.

Al McFarlane, founder of the challenge, believes we can harness the combined energy of the community to solve our health disparities. Typical of his “walking the talk” mantra McFarlane has taken the challenge head on with excitement and enthusiasm. At 67 he is preparing his path to quality health through his 100th birthday and beyond, and he’s taking us with him starting the tradition that changes lives.

This challenge is a partnership with Tyrone Minor owner of The F.I.T.(Fitness, Innovation, Transformation) Lab. McFarlane and Minor are writing a book documenting this model, creating a curriculum, a step-by-step guide on how to take control of health within the African-American and diverse, multi-cultural communities.
“Two-thousand fifteen will be the year that everything comes together for you and I might be biased but it starts with transforming your body, mind and spirit” said Minor, owner of The F.I.T. Lab located at 1565 Como Ave., Suite 102 in St. Paul.

The kick off challenge starts on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. sharp. Participants will meet, greet do weigh-ins, measurements and choose a teammate.

There will be representatives from the Mayo clinic who will be conducting a voluntary survey that will assess relevant health history/risk factors, barriers to change assessment, spirituality, physical activity habits, beliefs, support assessment, dietary habits, beliefs and support assessments. In addition, they will do at least one educational seminar during the challenge and they will also be available during the kick-off for private questioning.

This is how the challenge works. A team of highly qualified accomplished, certified professionals together with participants work out a personal plan outlining a group of services that specifically address and meet your individual needs.

Workouts are usually one hour to an hour and 15 minutes and take place on Mondays and Wednesdays (7 p.m.), Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m.). A nutritionist is available for events on and off sites and on certain dates to share general ideas and help modify existing family recipes and a licensed therapist is also available.

These culturally competent experienced professionals help guide individuals through the process of adjusting their way of thinking so it can energized overall life goals beyond exercise and health. These professionals will give tools to help navigate through internal messages that may hinder success beyond the 10 weeks.

Challenge teams consist of two people. Minor believe this will increase the accountability for each of the participants as well as add some fun to the challenge.

Prizes are awarded at the end of the 10 weeks. The award is based on 50 percent life style change and 50 percent based on physical fitness. There will be one male winner, one female winner and one team winner (one of which has to be female) and it is possible to be both the individual winner and a member of the winning team.

I2HC targets traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations in the Twin Cities including women and individuals of color by offering a “financially friendly” rate for the 10-week session with a central location and schedule that considers a busy lifestyle.

Information and registration is available at

Stay tuned to follow-up articles as I chronicle my experience and those of my team members through weekly updates.

January 13, 2015
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