Program aims to help Fort Wayne drop 500,000 lbs. by 2016

File Photo. Downtown Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new initiative aims to help Fort Wayne residents develop healthier lifestyles. It was unveiled Thursday as part of a program created by Fort Wayne resident Chris Blake and endorsed by Mayor Tom Henry.

The program is called Operation F4 – Fight for a Fitter Fort, or OPF4. The initiative’s mission is for residents to lose a collective 500,000 pounds by the end of 2016 through fitness, nutrition, wellness, and activities.

“I’m encouraged by the Operation F4 concept and am looking forward to success stories as we work together as a community to enhance the health of our residents and improve the quality of life in Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “This is an engaging and innovative initiative that will feature many fun and challenging activities.”

Check out the website,, to join the program and track weight loss progress. Calculators will automatically tabulate the City’s collective results.

OPF4 consultants Chris Blake and Ted Sobol are leading the outreach effort to encourage the public to become part of the new program. According to the release from the city, more than 70 businesses have spent some time learning about the program.

Resources for individuals/companies to get connected with OPF4:

Twitter: @OpF4FW

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