image Some people need a goal to get moving. There is a nationwide initiative called The 50 Million Pound Challenge that is encouraging people to join together to lose the weight they want to take off. Whether you have 10 or 100 pounds to lose, experts agree that having a support network is a great tactic to help you stick with your program.

Some of the facts about the seriousness of the obesity problem in the United States are breathtaking:

  • Two out of every three adults are considered to be overweight or obese
  • 17% of all children in the U.S. are overweight
  • Certain groups, such as African Americans, are suffering even more (80% of adult women and 67% of adult men are overweight)

This program is free and provides materials to help you design diet plans, track your progress and keep the weight off. It is sponsored by State Farm Insurance, and I think this validates the program even more. Who has more to gain from your weight loss than a company that provides health and life insurance???

Actually, you do.