Residents in two of the nation’s most dynamic cities recently squared off to promote healthy, active lifestyles as part of the Coca-Cola Fit Family Challenge. After eight weeks of activity, both cities exceeded the program’s goals and will each receive a $10,000 grant for community programs designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Coca-Cola challenged Charlotte and Nashville residents to exercise a total of 200,000 minutes with a community grant of $10,000 hanging in the balance. Both cities easily exceeded the goal with a total of over 1 million minutes of healthy activities. In Nashville 787 families registered for the program and totaled 544,715 minutes of activity. Charlotte registered 980 families and reported 543,445 minutes spent exercising. The exemplary efforts of these cities have been rewarded with $10,000 grants from Coca-Cola. Nashville’s $10,000 grant will be used to purchase additional exercise equipment for a new Sevier Park Community Center, which is under construction in a popular residential neighborhood south of downtown. The previous community center did not have a dedicated fitness room. The much-expanded facility will open later this fall. “Mecklenburg County is pleased to accept this challenge money on behalf of the residents of Mecklenburg County who will benefit through the education of our school children by learning the importance of eating fresh foods by growing them in school-based gardens,” said Kim Ratliff, vice chair of the Board of County Commissioners. Residents who participated in each city were also awarded prizes including: Harris Teeter gift cards, YMCA memberships, bicycles, fitness equipment and a Grand Prize family trip to Universal Orlando Resort. “At Charlotte Parent, we could not be happier with the results of the Coca-Cola Fit Family Challenge and applaud the hours of hard work and dedication to fitness that each individual showed over the past eight weeks,” said Eve White, editor and publisher of Charlotte Parent.