Friday, July 06, 2007
Tangible Fit Nation results!
For almost three months now, we've been asking you to go to CNN.com/Fitnation to take the Fit Nation Challenge.

You see, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is trying to reverse what seems to be an unstoppable trend - our growing waistlines. Even if you exercise regularly, it can be hard to feel that you're making a difference in the obesity epidemic. To that end, we felt it was so important to quantify your impact. And today, just when I was starting to lose the sight of the Fit Nation Tour in my rearview mirror, I got a happy surprise.

Yesterday afternoon, I checked on the Fit Nation site to see how we are doing. As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the hours people had pledged in weekly exercise had added 1,784,320 hours to their lives.

Fast-forward to this morning. A link to our Fit Nation page was featured on the front page of CNN.com! I wondered whether more people reading about Fit Nation would help us get even more hours.

My jaw hit the floor!!

Our new total was 2,227,840 hours!! Not only did we surpass the 2 million hour mark - that's twice what we initially set out to do - but we FLEW past it, adding more than 500,000 hours last night alone!

I believe this shows the appetite (pardon the pun) people have for solving the obesity problem. I hope, if you haven't already, you will make a pledge today. Thanks to you, we've added more than 254 years of life. I'd call that a tangible impact.
QUOTE "You see, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is trying to reverse what seems to be an unstoppable trend - our growing waistlines"

It will take intense political will and another generation to cut down the average waistline. It begins with a ban on junkfood adds on television, ban on sale of the same in schools. The reason why the junk food industries target young people is obvious - if they develop tastes for junk, you know what's next.
Sanjay ...

Just wanted to remind folks ... in ref to kids being obese.

What happened to PE in the schools?

Could that be a factor today?
I'd love to hear a report about why, since obesity is affecting our population to the degree that it is, my insurance company will not support my efforts by paying for my lapband procedure? Thanks
Dr.Gupta
I think this is a fantastic idea. There are so many factors for the increase in obesity in America. I think one thing that everyone must realize is that parents play a huge role in teaching their children about healthy eating and not letting them sit around and play gameboy all day. Thanks for helping make people aware of these problems.
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