- Posted August 8, 2014 by
San Antonio, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Convince us your city is healthy!
San Antonio - From Fat to Fit with the Million Pound Challenge
Last year, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) announced that the obesity rate in San Antonio and Bexar County plunged from 35.1% to 28.5% between 2010 and 2012. This meant that in just two years, 70,000 residents of San Antonio are no longer considered obese.
The City and its community partners have done a great job over the past few years increasing the awareness and availability of free and low cost fitness events for our residents, improving the built environment and advocating policies, such as Complete Streets, that promote active lifestyles.
Back in March, Mayor Julián Castro and the residents of San Antonio challenged the City of Houston for its first ever Million Pound Challenge to fight against the obesity epidemic in Texas. The YMCA of Greater San Antonio and H-E-B have teamed up with the Mayor’s Fitness Council and the City of San Antonio to launch a city-wide weight loss competition with the goal of moving our city from fat to fit.