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Exercising Power to Lead Healthier Lives - 740,000 Participants Cast Votes for 'Challenger of Year'
Date:12/10/2008

ke fitness easier and more fun. Currently, more than 17,000 Challenge teams are helping 90,000 members lose 20 percent more weight than the overall campaign average. It's a winning formula-and cities, churches, civic groups, friends and families across America are teaming up to help reverse the epidemic of excess weight and turn it into a culture of healthier living.

For more information on the telephonic news conference, The Challenge and to get bios and photos, contact:

    -- Pamela Avery, pam@turnerstrategies.com, 303-807-1797, or
    -- Mia Jazo-Harris, mia.jazo-harris.sfdx@statefarm.com, 309-766-5242 (o),
       309-533-2011 (cell).

12 'Challenger of the Year' Finalist Success Stories -- Proving the Power to Transform Lives

    -- Craig E. Nash, Chicago, IL  (Challenge Team: The Power of
       Friendship-Craig's Friends)
       I started at 390 pounds and lost 199 pounds!
       Thank you, State Farm and The 50 Million Pound Challenge, for changing
       my life forever!  I started turning my life around on March 1, 2007.
       At 390 pounds and with the support of two great friends, I started
       eating better and working out on a regular basis.  I have been and
       continue to be encouraged by you, my State Farm agent and The Challenge
       to make wise decisions and apply the lessons learned going forward to
       maintain my transformation.  I hope people can find inspiration from my
       story and photos to 'turn around' their lives and move in a healthy
       direction.

    -- Lawana R. Williams, Southfield, MI (Challenge Team: Sisters Inspiring
       Sisters)
       I've lost 38 pounds myself and motivated almost 500 others to lose more
       than 3,300 lbs!
       I signed up for The Challenge in July 2007 after participating in the
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