Community News Mayor challenges residents to get fit with new citywide app

Community News Mayor challenges residents to get fit with new citywide app

September 6th, 2017 by Elizabeth Fite in Community Metro

As part of the effort to promote more physical activity in Chattanooga, residents can now download a mobile app, Rove, and join a citywide step-tracking league called #WeRoveCHA. (Screenshot)

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As part of the effort to promote more physical activity in Chattanooga, residents can now download a mobile app, Rove, and join a citywide step-tracking league called #WeRoveCHA.

"Chattanooga has some of the most beautiful and diverse outdoor resources and access to so many ways to get fit," Berke said in a news release announcing the league. "We have an opportunity to set an example for others for what it looks like to be a healthy, active city, and this league will help provide accountability, support and friendly competition to empower Chattanoogans to achieve their health goals."

Rove launched last month and is the latest app from Chattanooga-based Spire Labs. It allows users to log their steps on their smartphones or fitness tracking devices and can be downloaded for free from the App Store, Google Play Store or by following the links at rove.fit.

What sets Rove apart from many other step trackers is its simplicity and that it allows users to create leagues so people can track their steps together and invite other participants, said Jonathan Yagel, vice president of Spire Labs.

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To encourage participation in the new platform, Mayor Andy Berke invites everyone to join him on a mid-challenge walk at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8. He will meet community members at the Tennessee Riverwalk’s M.L. King Boulevard terminus, called Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead, to get in some extra steps and enjoy one of Chattanooga’s newest outdoor assets together.

"A lot of what's out there makes step tracking complicated and difficult, so there was an opportunity to create something simple and easy to use," he said.

Other features of Rove include the ability to set personal goals, monitor streaks, record achievements and divide teams with one click.

"We've been so impressed by how Chattanooga has rallied behind different ways to improve itself," Yagel said. "We wanted to provide a digital layer to that, and Mayor Berke's Get Fit Challenge is another great step in that direction."

After downloading the app, visit rove.fit/werovecha to join the #WeRoveCHA League.


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