Approximately 8 out of every 10 residents in Cameron County is considered overweight by data for the UTHealth School of Public Health.
The City of Brownsville is trying to fight the high rates of obesity with ‘The Challenge 2018.
It’s a 12-week program where participants vow to lose weight and eat healthy.
In the past years the city has had trouble retaining participants and now two $1,500 prizes will be offered as an incentive to stay. The funds come from the UTHealth School of Public Health.
Participants that lose 5-percent or more of their body weight can enter for a chance to win a 15-hundred-dollar check at the end of the competition.
City Commissioner Dr. Rose Gowen says, “7000 people have formally registered, many more have formally participated. We have lost at least 10 thousand pounds. We know there has been more weight loss, but we know folks are busy or don’t make it to the final weigh in.
The City of Brownsville has been hosting this event since 2010.
Registration begins this Friday at the city’s public libraries.
For official details visit https://www.facebook.com/TheChallengeRGV