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Challenge Tops 848,000 lbs, Urges Oaklanders to Team Up to Fight Epidemic of Excess Weight
Date:10/16/2007

Celebrity Fit Club expert/bestselling author Dr. Ian Smith brings his free

national weight-loss initiative to Oakland; Stars come out for free

afternoon of live music, fitness & fun - Join Team Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ian Smith's 50 Million Pound Challenge is rallying Oaklanders to take control of their health and give up the pounds to fight the epidemic of excess weight taking so many lives across the community. Backed by African-American leaders and sponsored by State Farm(R), The Challenge is in Oakland on the 13th stop of its national kickoff tour, helping people get fit, lose weight and save lives with free tips, tools and now Challenge Teams. One of the most far-reaching initiatives of its kind, The Challenge is an historic campaign by the African-American community that has taken on 234,194 participants in its first six months and taken off 848,672 pounds.

To encourage Oaklanders to make healthier lifestyle choices, a star- studded cast joins Dr. Ian on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a free afternoon of music, fitness and fun at Oakland's Lake Merritt. Appearing are Grammy-nominated gospel singer Kelly Price, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, rapper Slick Rick and DJ Biz Markie. Golden State Warriors point guard Baron Davis will also be on hand to sign autographs. Along with the live entertainment, attendees can get free health screenings, learn more about The Challenge, sign up for the initiative, start or join one of 2,240 new Challenge Teams, and accompany Dr. Ian on a Challenge walk. They can also take free eshots photos to keep as "before" shots to show their progress "after" reaching their weight-loss goals.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is also encouraging city residents to take control of their health. "The health and vitality of our residents is essential to the future of our City's overall prosperity," said Mayor Dellums. "By collectively addressing the health disparities stemming from excess weight,
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