A local Shawnee group joined the fight against two global epidemics - hunger and obesity- by participating in the Fourth Annual Lose For Good Campaign.
A local Shawnee group joined the fight against two global epidemics - hunger and obesity- by participating in the Fourth Annual Lose For Good Campaign. As local Weight Watchers members lost weight, they've also been collecting food to donate to the Harmony Christian Church to help their neighbors in need. Within 7 weeks, the group has lost 1336 pounds, and collected 110 pounds of food.
"The Lose for Good Campaign provides a chance for folks to adopt a healthier lifestyle, reduce their weight and help someone in need", says Shelley Lombardi, Weight Watchers Leader. "Some members have brought in food donations equivalent to their weight loss so they can make sure their loss is someone else's gain."
The Lose for Good Campaign strives to bridge the gap between families and nutritious foods. In the United States, data shows 17.1 million homes lack access and resources to enough food for a healthy life (Source: FRAC 2010). At the same time, the United States has the highest obesity rate in the world with 73 million people (27 percent) being classified as obese (Source: CDC).
Weight Watchers will donate up to a million dollars to two hunger fighting organizations - Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.
Since the campaigns inception, Weight Watchers has donated $3 million to its charitable partners and has collected nearly 5 million ponds of food for local food banks across the county.