On March 1, 1999, the Columbia City Council adopted
a resolution officially establishing the Columbia Mayor's
Council on Physical Fitness and Health. Like us on facebook for all of the latest information:
Mission of the Council
Improve the physical fitness and health and enhance the quality of life of all citizens of Columbia and Boone County.
The Council is charged with the following duties:
Information about applying to be a Council member is available here.
Come visit the Mayor's Council and Walt's Bicycle Shop at Flat Branch Park from 7 to 9 am on May 17. We will be providing breakfast, giveaways and fun activities for bicyclists, walkers and rollers of all ages!
New for 2013! Please join us at 9 a.m. every other Saturday at locations throughout Columbia for walks through our wonderful parks and trails. The walk is family-friendly, all ages welcome! The first 100 people will receive a goody bag with fitness related items. Giveaways for all participants.
May 4, 18 - MKT Trail, MLK access off Stadium
June 1, 15, 29 - Bear Creek Trail, Creasy Springs access
Inclement weather: Meet at Columbia Mall, Target wing
We will be at Columbia Mall May 31-June 1 to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Hope to see you there!
Mark your calendar for June 9 from 2-4 pm for a family bike ride on the MKT Trail. We will start at Twin Lakes Recreation Area's shelter and ride about 4 miles to Scott Boulevard and back. Feel free to ride more or less if you wish! Safety and fun activities will be offered. Check back for more details soon!
Zumba Glow Party!
More than 150 people joined the Mayor's Council and MU students from the Program Development inLeisure Studies course for a night of glow in the dark Zumba! The event took place April 13, 2013 at Stephens Lake Amphitheater and was a huge success. Thank you to the students for planning the event, the MU football team and the ARC for attendance prizes, and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for use of their sound system. The ladies of Joe Machens Toyota service department won the prize for the "most glowed group." We look forward to putting on another Zumba Glow Party in the future!
True Life Run
The Mayor's Council sponsored an agility station at the True Life Run during the True/False Film Festival on March 2, 2013. Almost 200 runners came through the course, which featured an agility ladder, cone drills, and jump roping. Cold and snowy, but lots of fun! Looking forward to next year.
5th Annual Happy New U a Success!
More than 150 participants braved the cold weather and leftover snow and ice to start 2013 off right with exercise and tips for healthy living! The event, held at the ARC on New Year's Day, featured fitness classes ranging from Spinning to yoga to Zumba. A big thanks to all of our fitness partners and vendors--without them, we couldn't host community events like this!
- Activity & Recreation Center (ARC)
- Key Largo Fitness and Tanning
- Columbia Tai Chi
- FLIPZ USA Gymnastics
- American Cancer Society
- Columbia Track Club
- Becvar Optometry
- Juice Plus
- Windsor Street Montessori
- Focus on Health
- Family First Chiropractic
Mayor's Fitness Awards
The Council has an awards program to recognize individuals who have made a commitment to their personal health or inspired those around them.
The 2012 Mayor's Fitness Awards Ceremony was held on November 1, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Award nominations were accepted in five categories: Weight loss, Smoking cessation, Fitness, Mentor and Youth. Photo of winners below.
Previous Award Winners:
To make a nomination for a 2013 award, complete the Nomination Form and tell us why this individual should receive the award. For 2013, nominations are due by September 1, 2013.
First Annual Travel by Gravel
The first "Travel by Gravel" family bike ride was held October 14, 2012 at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Participants rode on the MKT Trail about four miles from Twin Lakes to Scott Boulevard and back before enjoying snacks and drinks provided by the Mayor's Council. Trail riders received a "goodie bag" with Mayor's Council sweat towels, slap-its, water bottles and biking information. Two youth bikes donated by the Mayor's Council and a Trail-A-Bike donated by Walt's Bike Shop were given away as raffle prizes. Check back here for information about the 2013 event!