Ludington Hospital

Fit Club students win bikes as part of fitness challenge

August 1, 2019

Fit Club students with bicycles: Front row, left to right: Emma Scott, Franklin Elementary School; Camden Allison, Lakeview Elementary School; Kaelyn Cole, Foster Elementary School; Sophia Quick, Mason County Central Upper Elementary; Taryn Lewandowski, Pentwater Elementary School; Madison Dudley, Walkerville Elementary School; Emma Hart, Franklin Elementary School; Henry Tyndall, Covenant Christian School; Trinity Miles, Baldwin Elementary School; Benjamin Mitteer, Thomas Reed Elementary School; and Devon Gauthier Mason County Eastern. Back row, left to right: Dave MacLean, Spindrift Cyclesports; Leona Ashley, Fit Club community health educator; Kaley Petersen, director of foundation and community services at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital; Kelly Davis, RD, Fit Club dietitian; Loree Schneider, Fit Club coordinator; and Kelly Barnhardt, RN, Fit Club community health specialist. Other bike winners not pictured are Addison Torrez, Ludington Area Catholic School; Kento Hyuga, Scottville Elementary; and Wyatt Cushman, Spitler Elementary School.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s Win With Wellness Fit Club program recently awarded bicycles to 14 local elementary students. The bicycles were prizes from the Fit Club 100 Mile Challenge, which encourages students to walk or run 100 miles during the school year.

“We congratulate all of the Fit Club students on the hard work they put forth over the last year with special congratulations to this year’s bike winners,” said Kaley Petersen, director of foundation and community services at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. “We also thank our area schools, teachers, Fit Club ambassadors, dedicated staff and the numerous community partners who help make the Fit Club program possible.”

2,243 students from Mason, Oceana and Lake counties participated in the 100 Mile Challenge during the 2018-2019 school year, collectively earning 88,874 miles. Of those, 301 students surpassed 100 miles, making them eligible to win a bike from Spindrift Cyclesports in Ludington. One student from each participating Fit Club school was randomly selected as the winner of a bike.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has offered Fit Club at local elementary schools since 2014. The program is integrated into the school curriculum and provides interactive, developmentally appropriate educational modules starting in kindergarten and continuing through fifth grade.

“The goal of our program is to engage youth early on in their lives to make healthy lifestyle choices and learn that hard work can lead to great results,” Petersen said.

For more information on Fit Club, visit or call 231.845.2222.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,500 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Alan Neushwander
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