FitChurch Challenge

Let’s discover a healthier you, together!

Take charge of your health with Lakeland Regional Health’s FitChurch Challenge! The FitChurch Challenge is a comprehensive wellness challenge designed to empower individuals, families, and congregations to improve their health.

Work your way through a series of education and exercise classes provided by Lakeland Regional Health and our wellness partner, YMCA, and learn about different national awareness campaigns over the course of 12 weeks. Challenge yourself to reach your health goals and strengthen your understanding of what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle.

2021 Challenge Team Registration (Click the button below.)

Church teams must be registered before individuals will be able to join your team.

2021 Challenge Participant Registration

Your church/team will only be listed if your team captain has registered the team. If you do not have a church and would like to participate, join the Independent Community Member Team.

Challenge Kick-off Information

The 2021 FitChurch Challenge Kick-off and Official Weigh-In will tentatively be on Saturday, March 13, at 9 a.m at the Lakeland Family YMCA. The Challenge runs for 12 weeks.


For more information, please contact Lauren Springfield,

The 2021 Challenge forms will be available in February 2021.  Please paper clip forms; do not use staples.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for the Challenge?

Registration is available online via the link(s) above. Once you have filled out the registration form and signed the waiver, you will be assigned a member number. Using this member number, a member ID card will be made for you – this card will be available at the Kick-off Event. Team registration opens in October. Participant registration opens mid-November.

How much does it cost to participate in the Challenge?

Participating in the Challenge is completely free of charge.

How will my progress be tracked?

Lakeland Regional Health will measure your weight, blood pressure and blood glucose during the mandatory initial and final health screening events. Additional, weigh-in opportunities will be available throughout the duration of the program as well. Although Lakeland Regional Health is only measuring health data before and after the challenge begins and ends, participants are encouraged to track their own progress throughout the duration of the challenge.

Can I participate in the Challenge even though I am not in shape? 

Yes! The Challenge is designed to establish a healthy lifestyle to help you be a healthier you.

What classes can I expect during the Challenge?

Each week of the Challenge has a different theme around which exercise and health education classes are focused. Classes are held during the week – most begin at either 6, 6:15 or 6:30 PM.

Is a YMCA membership included?

Participation in the Challenge allows you free access to the FitChurch Challenge classes. General access to the Y facilities is not included. A very reduced fee YMCA membership is available to participants during the 3 months of the Challenge. A Y representative will be in attendance at the kick-off event.

Is attendance mandatory for the exercise and health education classes?

No, attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged.

When will team standings be published?

Team standings will be available online starting in week four of the challenge. Team standings are based on cumulative results and are calculated as average weight loss percentage.

Will other people be able to see my weight online?

No. Your individual weight will NEVER be available to anyone but yourself. We know this is a sensitive topic, so we protect your privacy.

What are the responsibilities of the team captain?

Being a team captain is easier than you think! The captain’s main responsibility is to recruit their team of at least five members. Once the competition begins, the captain also helps motivate team members and reminds them to stay engaged.

Who can I contact for additional information?

Please contact with any questions about the program or volunteering opportunities.

2018 + 2019 FitChurch Challenge Winner