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October 13, 2007

Albany -- A big challenge is underway between the city of Albany and Savannah to see whose residents can improve their health over the next three months.

At a press conference Saturday morning, Mayor Willie Adams announced the launch of the Albany-Savannah Family Wellness Challenge.

Twenty families from each city have been selected to participate in the challenge which lasts through January 12th.

While bragging rights are on the line, Mayor Adams says the goal of the challenge is to build a more healthy Albany.

He says,"This is a health issue. A healthy community does better all the way around from a stand point of economics, and a standpoint of longevity,"

Mayor Adams issued the friendly challenge to Savannah's Mayor Otis Johnson in an attempt to bring to light the increasing rates of obesity, poor nutrition, and inactivity which can lead to serious disease and health conditions.

Participants will work with wellness coaches throughout the challenge to engage in better health practices.

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