Austin Bank employees walk all day to Fit City Success

TYLER (KYTX) - An East Texas bank is bringing finance and fitness together. Austin Bank kicked off their own Fit City Challenge today with a walkathon.  In our Fit City Success story, how this is turning out to be good for both employees and the company.

Austin Bank decided to join in on the Fit City Challenge and Lighten Up East Texas for several reasons, but most importantly to support their workers' decisions to get active and stay active.

Their goal Thursday to walk 20 hours total among all their Smith County Austin Bank branches.  The employees walked 30 minute shifts around the banks.  For some of the branches, this is their second fitness challenge.  Maebeth Cotton was part of the bank's weight loss challenge in Whitehouse.  She's lost 40 pounds in the last 2 years.

"With getting married, having kids, working full time, physical fitness gets pushed to the back burner," says Maebeth Cotton, Austin Bank Employee.  "It was just a conscious decision to put myself back first and make that a focus."

"It is a great initiative personally to get into shape.  It helps keep up morale if you feel better." says Richard Solomon, EVP, Regional President.  "And ultimately health care costs are down."

Even after the walkathon, Austin bank is encouraging employees to get out on nice days and walk at lunch or on break.  Their fitness committee suggests even leaving a pair of walking shoes at work.  Austin Bank already has a team of 25 people taking on the Fit City Coalition's latest challenge-- Lighten Up East Texas. That officially kicks off on November 3rd.


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