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Join the MI Big Green Gym Blues Community Challenge -- Get Fit and Help Our Community Win $5,000 Along the Way
The second annual "MI Big Green By Blues Community Challenge" has kicked off, and all Grand Traverse community members, athletic teams, their familes, and their friends are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible and to get out and enjoy our many parks, green spaces, trails, and bodies of water.  

Team Grand Traverse is competing against four other Michigan communities:  
Team Mt. Pleasant, Team SELCRA (Southeast Livingston County Recreation Authority), Team Grand Rapids, and Team Emmett County.  The contest runs from Saturday, August 2, through Saturday, September 27.

Last year, our 254-member team tied as winner of the competition with Team Marquette for a $9,000 wellnesss grant. Let's bring in a win this year, too!  Top prize is a $5,000 wellness grant.  All that is required is signing up to log your daily physical activity during the challenge.  Example of physical activities include swimming, walking, bicycling, hiking, dancing, and more.

Sign up today at
  1. Under “Plan”, enter “Michigan Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  2. Under “Group”, enter “2014 MI Big Green Gym – Blues Community Challenge” (to auto-fill the “Program” field).
  3. Under “Team”, select “Team Grand Traverse.”
  4. For the next eight weeks, consistently (every few days) log your activity on the website, so that our team wins!
  5. For assistance or answers to questions, please call 231-922-4818.

Scholarship Available for Next Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Class

An American Red Cross scholarship has been made available for the Water Safety Instructor Certification class beginning Monday, August 25!  To apply, write an e-mail to  Include your name, age, telephone number, and two paragraphs describing why you wish to become certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.  Winners will be notified on Friday, August 22.  Questions?  Call Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 231-922-4818.  For more information about the class schedule, select the "Easling Pool" link in the dropdown box on the left side of this page.

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