Richfield has launched what officials call the "CRASH Fitness Program.'

Mayor Jay Andersen said the program, an acronym for Cholesterol Reduced and Strong Heart, is designed for those who, regardless of age, want to improve their physical and mental well-being. Participants set their own fitness goals in such activities as walking, swimming, treadmill workouts, jogging, biking or aerobics.The city provides scorecards that residents check each time they complete their daily activities. The cards may be turned in to the city office each quarter and will be replaced with new ones.

"The city will track each participant on a large chart to be displayed in the council room," said Paul Turner, appointed to coordinate the program.

CRASH may extend far beyond the Richfield city limits. Andersen invited residents with friends or relatives in other areas of the country to become involved. "Send them a scoreboard, and we'll include them on our city chart," he suggested. Fitness certificates will be presented to those who meet their goals.

In jest, the mayor said, "We have worked on pot holes in Richfield; now we're working on pot bellies."