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Lynwood Goes On A Diet

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En Espanol: Lynwood se pone a dieta

Lynwood gets a dubious honor.  One of every five adults in the city is obese.  But this city refuses to ignore the problem, instead they are launching a 12-week weight loss challenge.  The Cash for Chunkers race began January 25th.

The goal is to encourage community members to drop the extra pounds through healthy eating and exercise.  Participants pay a $25 entry fee per person and must register as a four-person team.  The participants will weigh in weekly and will pay $1 per pound if they gain weight, that money will be awarded at the end of the 12-week period to the team with the most body weight lost. 

The majority of households in Lynwood earn $43,782 a year, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.  Community poverty rates are strongly associated with higher childhood obesity rates, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

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