On May 8th we celebrated the exciting conclusion of the 2019 Healthiest You Challenge with a party at the Rizzo Center, where we announced this years’ winners.  Listen to the Healthiest You Finale broadcast, including interviews with challengers, coaches and more here!


1st Place Winners of a One-Year Membership to the UNC Wellness Centers and $979 from 97.9 The Hill and

Heather Hobbs (Female Category) and Aaron Hobbs (Male Category) of the UNC Wellness Centers Team!!

Pictured here with their adorable son Wyatt

2nd Place Winners of a Six-Month Membership to the UNC Wellness Centers:

Rajeev Rajendran (Male Category) of the Rizzo Center Team!

Pictured here with his lovely family


Lili Engelhardt (Female Category) of the Durham Orange Medical Society Team!

(Not pictured)


Team with overall points and winners of Three-Month Memberships to the UNC Wellness Centers:


And, make sure you check out the great photos we got with the ZimZoom Photobooth!


On April 24th Laurie Oakley represented the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Team and stopped by the studios to talk with Blake Hodge (filling in for the vacationing Aaron Keck) about some of her favorite parts of her experience in participating in the 2019 Healthiest You Challenge and how everyone is already a winner, no matter what happens on May 8th!  Check it out here!



Kate Hickert represented the Durham Orange County Medical Society Team on the air with Aaron Keck on April 18th and shared her thoughts on how it feels to be near the end of the challenge, her admiration for the dedication she’s seen week after week from challengers, and her advice for sticking with a fitness plan.  Hear what you missed below!


Thanks also to the Rizzo Center for hosting an amazing group workout on April 17th featuring outdoor strength training stations behind the Dubose House, and a relaxing cool down with yoga in a quite conference room!


Gabby Brennan, Melinda Brewer, and Lynn Tocci from the Rizzo Center team came in to talk with Aaron on April 10th about their experiences with this year’s challenge and what they still want to do with only two weeks left to go.  Hear it all here!


Thanks to the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation for hosting a challenge-wide kickball game at Cedar Falls Park on April 10th, which was a blast for friends and family alike!



On April 3rd Aaron Keck was joined on the air by Matt Bonds, coach of the Clean Juice Team, and 97.9 The Hill’s own Chela Tu, a challenger from that team, to talk about what inspired them to take the Healthiest You Challenge this year, and how it feels to be on the team with the most points so far!  Check out their conversation below.


Beautiful springtime weather welcomed the challenge-wide Outdoor Workout on April 4th at Southern Community Park, hosted by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation!


The UNC Wellness Centers team was represented on air on March 27th by their coach Liz Watt and challenger Brittany Manocchio, who talked to Aaron about mindfullness in movement, the importance of a good diet, and being half-way through the challenge.  Check out what you missed!



Cynthia and John Stasko from the team were joined by Amy Grau from the UNC Wellness Centers Team and Emily Kreutzer of the Durham Orange County Medical Society Team (and her adorable son Elliott) on the air with Aaron Keck this afternoon to discuss what they will do if they win $979, and much more!  Check out the full conversation here:



The UNC Health Care team was represented on air on March 13th by their coach, Susan Chesser, as she talked with AJ (filling in for the vacationing Aaron Keck) about her history with the Healthiest You Challenge and the importance of sleep, especially given the recent time change!



Gin Ayers, a coach in this year’s challenge, came in on March 6th to talk with Aaron about how week one has started off with the Chapel Hill Gymnastics Team:



Challengers gathered at the UNC Wellness Centers to meet their teammates and coaches for the first time at the Kick-Off Show on February 27th, hosted by Ron Stutts.  Hear the show:


Clean Juice at Eastgate Crossing in Chapel Hill provided nutritious and delicious acai bowls and smoothies, while ZimZoom Photo Booth was there adding some pizzazz to our pics.

Check out all the photos and meet this year’s teams!


During the challenge participants:

  • Get an 8-week membership to use the UNC Wellness Centers facilities (March 4th through April 28th, 2019).
  • Are assigned to a team of 8 challengers led by coaches.
  • Get the opportunity to learn more about good exercise and eating habits, planning meals, reading labels, intuitive eating, and why sleep is so important to our health.
  • Accumulate points individually and as a team for meeting goals throughout the 8 weeks.  Overall health goals include reducing weight and circumference, as well as decreasing blood pressure.

The male and female challengers that get the most points will each win a free one-year membership to the UNC Wellness Centers and $979.00 dollars!

The female and male runners-up will both receive a 6-month membership to the UNC Wellness Centers, and every challenger on the winning team will get a 3-month membership!

Oh, and did we mention that challengers have fun and make friends too?!

In order to be eligible to win the challenge, attendance at the following is required:

  • Information Session: Wednesday, February 20th from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Kick-Off Show: Wednesday, February 27th from 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Pre-Assessment Test: (Must attend ONE)  Thursday, February 28th OR Saturday, March 2nd
  • Post-Assessment Test: (Must attend ONE) Thursday, May 2nd OR Saturday, May 4th
  • Finale Show: Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00-7:30 pm

The challenge weeks begin March 4th and end on April 28th, 2019.

Challengers are chosen at random.  We will begin notifying challengers who are selected on February 1st, and will continue reaching out to interested participants to fill all spots until March 18th, 2019.  Contact Jada Jarillo at 919-240-6026 or with questions.


Special Thanks to Our Challenge Sponsors: