CHN offers Health-Y-Bartow community challenge
by Matt Shinall
Jan 06, 2013 | 2569 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Instructor Krystal Raines, from left, leads a group — Jennifer Long , Melissa Baroni and Rachel Deems — in a spin class at CHN. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Instructor Krystal Raines, from left, leads a group — Jennifer Long , Melissa Baroni and Rachel Deems — in a spin class at CHN. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
In advance of an aggressive growth plan, Communit-Y Health Network is launching a health challenge for all of Bartow County to be a model for future programs nationwide.

This month, CHN, a Cartersville-based health and wellness management company, is offering its corporate services to the public with the introduction of Health-Y-Bartow.

“Really what it is, is just making our community a little bit healthier by offering different programs for health and wellness and we’re kicking that off with an eight-week healthy challenge,” said Lani Hammonds, CHN director of Health-Y-Initiative. “We primarily offer health and wellness programs to companies through their insurance. So what we’re trying to do with this is just trying to make people aware of who we are and offer some of our programs to the public instead of just employees of participating employers.”

CHN hopes to one day see Health-Y-Initiatives in effect in communities across the country, bearing the name of each town or county. Health-Y-Bartow will be an ongoing initiative to see community members switch to a healthier, active lifestyle through proper fitness and nutrition.

Broken into annual campaigns, each year will consist of five segments designed to challenge and educate participants. New Year, New You is the name of the first health challenge lasting eight weeks from January to March. Future programs will include Spring into Action, Summer Adventure Series, Fall into Fitness and Maintain Don’t Gain during the holidays.

“This is our first Health-Y-Community initiative,” said CHN Advertising and Sales Director Sherri Cloud. “This is a great program and we’re very excited about it. What I really like about the program is that it is not specifically designed for the physically fit. It’s made for anyone to participate and feel good about themselves.”

Registration for the first challenge is under way now and continues through Jan. 21, the day the challenge begins. Participants will complete an initial assessment of weight and body fat along with a fitness assessment of pushups, situps and jumping jacks. Assessments will be completed again after the eight weeks to determine winners in multiple areas, including most active, most fit, most improved and most weight lost by percentage.

Individuals or teams can take part in the challenge, which tracks “activity minutes.” Participants will record minutes spent in physical activity each day to accumulate activity minutes. Prizes will be given out to winning individuals and teams at a challenge block party March 30.

In addition to before and after assessments, participants are eligible to receive all the benefits of corporate partners, which include one-on-one coaching, health management programs, risk reduction programs, wellness workshops and discounts at participating gyms. Challenge participants also can take part in CHN group fitness classes held five days a week.

Other planned activities hosted by CHN will take place throughout the year to introduce area residents with fitness locations and opportunities, including Downtown Wellness Walks to begin in the spring and regular events at area hiking trails and nearby attractions.

Registration for the first challenge is $25 per person or $125 per team of five, for teams up to 10, contact CHN. A portion of all proceeds above overhead will benefit United Way of Bartow County.

Servicing employees of Bartow County Government, Anverse and Phoenix Air, CHN offers health management and training to employers in an effort to reduce health care and insurance costs for the employer. Other clients include the city of Smyrna and Cherokee County Government. Their work with the city of Alpharetta earned them recognition in 2012 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in their list of Atlanta’s Healthiest Employers.

Since founder and CEO John Giles moved the corporate headquarters to Cartersville in 2010, CHN has experienced dramatic growth, but still has big plans for the future taking the Health-Y-Community initiative to cities across America.

“We’ve grown like crazy since we moved to Cartersville,” Giles said. “I think we had 11 full-time employees when we moved here and now we’ve got about 60.

“We want to model everything we do as a company right here in Cartersville. That’s why the community health initiative we’ve launched is part and parcel to the whole thing. When I started the company back in ’97, I called it Communit-Y Health Network because I feel health care needs to be delivered on a community-wide basis.”

For more information on CHN, visit or call 770-334-2480. To register for the Health-Y-Challenge, visit or contact Hammonds at 770-548-4280 or by email at