Weight Loss Challenge to Begin

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If you’re looking for motivation to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions, the city of Brownsville may have a solution for you. They call it the “Challenge RGV”. It’s a city-wide initiative dedicated to creating healthier communities.

For some lucky Brownsville residents, a $3,000 cash incentive may be a good motivator to hit the gym and start a healthy lifestyle. The City of Brownsville, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health and various partners announce the “Challenge RGV”. It’s an event that can help with weight-loss, but it’s looking to address much more serious issues. 

Arturo Rodriguez, Brownsville Assistant City Manager says, “Weight loss is a part of the challenge, but a bigger part of this is getting people to understand that we really want people to think about their health first.”  

The Rio Grande Valley has high obesity counts. About one to two people locally considered obese. One in three people diagnosed or are at risk of diabetes. The Challenge is one of many initiatives that aims to promote a healthier lifestyle. 

Lisa Mitchell-Bennet, UTHealth School of Public Health says, “We know we can’t solve the problem with one thing. It’s not going to be just information, it’s not going to be just exercise. We have to take an approach where we can get all the members in our community to make changes.” 

It’s not just about losing the weight fast. The program aims to teach about people about diet and exercise that can keep the weight off for good. 

Cindy Salazar-Collier, ‘It’s Time Texas’ initiative, “Not only are you earning points for yourself to increase your chances of winning those prizes, but all of those points are going towards that community.”

2019 marks the 10th year anniversary for the Challenge RGV. Registration and weigh-ins begin this Friday and Saturday at the Brownsville Public Libraries.

You can find more details on here: https://www.cob.us/1255/The-Challenge-Brownsville

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