What is The 50 Million Pound Challenge?
Dr. Ian Smith’s 50 Million Pound Challenge is a national health initiative encouraging people to come together and 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.
The Challenge is a free campaign supported by national civic and health organizations. It is helping cities, civic groups, friends and families team up to help reverse the epidemic of excess weight and create a culture of healthier living.
Since The Challenge launched in April 2007, the initiative has grown to over one and a half million members who have lost over five million pounds together as a community.
Below are just a few of the many things we hope participants can accomplish as The Challenge continues to grow:
- Shed excess pounds, achieve healthier weights, and reduce the risk for life-threatening diseases.
- Unite as a community and pool strength and resources to overcome the health problems that afflict us.
- Learn more about our bodies and how to live healthier and longer lives.
- Teach youth about the importance of making healthy lifestyle decisions that will benefit them for years to come.