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May 29, 2006
YBH Press Release

Albany -- YBH (Youth Becoming Healthy Project), a program whose mission is to reduce the epidemic of childhood obesity in middle school students, will lead the effort in a city-to-city health challenge.

On Tuesday, May 30th at 1:00 p.m. in the Mayor's office, Merck will present a sponsorship check to YBH.

The purpose of the Albany-Savannah challenge is to raise awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles and encourage individuals and groups in both communities to exercise more and eat less, becoming more fit and less overweight. These changes will in turn improve the quality and length of life for the individuals participating and reduce the cost of health care for the community.

The Mayors of Albany and Savannah will challenge each other and their communities, including people of all ages, to see which city can lose the most weight. The challenge will run from September 2006 - September 2007.

The nation is in an obesity epidemic with Georgia ranking as the 6th most obese state. Over 6700 Georgians died last year of obesity-related illnesses and one in three children are now overweight or obese.

Both Mayors will publicly announce the challenge through press conferences in the near future.