Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Charlotte, NC – Did you know hunger was already a struggle for 1 in 8
Americans even before these challenging economic times? Now, food
pantries all across the country are finding it difficult to keep up
with the increased demand.

There is hope! The Mecklenburg County Health Department's Fit City
Challenge has created a way for residents to give back to the
community while helping themselves live a healthier lifestyle.

The Lose Weight, Donate Challenge brings together the Fit City
Challenge and Earth Fare, the Healthy Supermarket to encourage weight
loss through physical activity and healthy eating.

For each pound of weight lost by participants, Earth Fare will donate
an equivalent amount of healthy food or money to Second Harvest Food
Bank of Charlotte.

Here's how it works:
· Register for the FREE challenge anytime between February 16
and May 10, 2009, at www.fitcitychallenge.org

· Use the online fitness log to record your weight and track

· Watch your loss turn into someone else's gain. It's a win-
win for the community.

"Whether you need to lose a little or a lot, we'll give you tips and
tools to help along the way," said Dianne Thomas, Fit City Challenge
director. "This is an excellent opportunity to improve your health
while helping those most in need."

So, log onto www.fitcitychallenge.org and get started today. Also, Fit
City is now on Twitter. Get daily tips and friendly nudges to help as
you work to live a healthier life.