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50 Million Pound Challenge Teams Up With Churches to Spread the 'Gospel of Healthy Living'
Date:1/29/2008

ght-related illnesses," said Dr. Ian. "We face an epidemic that affects all Americans, especially the African-American community, where lives are being cut five years shorter than the US average. The good news is people are listening to our vow to 'give up the pounds, not the fight.' They're signing on and teaming up to take control of their health. We gained the weight together; we can lose it together. We can reverse these trends and turn the epidemic of excess weight into a culture of healthy living. Take the Challenge. It's free. It's fun. The reward is worth the weight-it can save your life, and you'll look and feel great!"

Study Shows Friends & Family Gain Weight Together, But Can Also Lose it Together -- Churches Perfect Place to Find Support

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds close friends and family set a powerful example for each other-they gain weight together but can also lose it together. The Challenge aims to reach its 50 million pound goal by making it easier for millions to fight the epidemic of excess weight threatening half all Americans. Today, 135 million Americans and two in three adults are overweight, double the rate a few decades ago. Each week, 10,000 die from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses tied to inactivity and diet. The African-American community is especially hard hit: 80% of women and 67% of men face higher risk from these weight-related diseases.

About The 50 Million Pound Challenge

Dr. Ian Smith's 50 Million Pound Challenge is an historic opportunity and commitment by the African-American community to come together and help people take control of their health by getting fit, losing excess weight and turning back the deadly toll of weight-related diseases that threaten nearly half of Americans and hits the African-American community especially hard. The Challenge, a campaign supported and endorsed in name and deed by leaders across the community and natio
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