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by Sari Trompke, Boise ID

In 1993, Women's Fitness Celebration co-founder had a vision to inspire women to come to the starting line and finish a 5K distance. Over the 20 years since the event was founded, there have been many inspiring leaps in the participation of women in run/walk events from the 5K to the marathon and beyond.

In December of 2001, St. Luke's Hospital in Boise became the Presenting Sponsor of the Women's Fitness Celebration. In collaboration with the founder, St. Luke's identified an even greater opportunity for the event. Under the leadership of Idaho Olympian Kristin Armstrong and St. Luke's Executive Director of Community Health, the idea of FitOne was born. FitOne became an opportunities to inspire women, children and families to become active participants of fun, healthy living - ultimately building a healthier community.

Being fit is not a destination; it is a way of life, and through FitOne their mission is to inspire women and families to come to the starting line every September and encourage progressive steps in a healthy direction throughout the year.

As part of the Fitone celebration, there is a 2-day FitOne Expo, and a women's only half marathon on the horizon for 2014, FitOne is a community event, organized for the benefit of the participants and the promotion of health and fitness. The 2 day expo is free and open to the public, where you can get nutritional tips at their hourly seminars, get medical screening and sample yummy, nutritional goodies and purchase healthy items to eat and help for creating healthier lifestyles.

Bigelow Tea has had a booth there for the last several years and it is always a highlight with the employees as well as our devoted customers. At the booth they can get samples of a few of our teas and enter a drawing for a tea basket. This year we were in a new location in the front where we saw more foot traffic and were continuously busy answering all the tea questions that came our way! Because we want fitness to become an integral part of our healthy year-round lifestyle it was a great success promoting our healthy tea product as well as giving the Boise Plant an opportunity to be working in the community promoting the Bigelow name.

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