The Lynwood Weight Loss Challenge attracted 22 teams of four persons who have been working the last month to lose weight. So far, the participants have lost approximately 500 pounds. They weigh in every Saturday.
We spoke with Dr. Maxine Anderson, a general surgeon and chief of staff at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood this week about the importance of the challenge.
“Losing weight directly effects the longevity and health of your life,” she said. It’s good for your heart, reduces pain in your knees and back.” Weight loose reduces pain in your knees, back, joints and heart. Overall it’s the best option when comes to increase a person well-being.
People who have a healthy weight have a lower risk Heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, kidney and liver issues.
Eating healthy and increasing the amount of exercise to 30 mins [or more] each day can lower your risk for heart attacks, strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, and certain cancers in most cases.
“The Weight Loss Challenge helps promote a healthier Lynwood,” said Mark Flores, Lynwood’s Director of Recreation and Community Services. “It teaches and encourages the importance of eating healthy and exercising.”
Lynwood has many recreation programs aimed at the youth of our city and Dr. Anderson would tell you she wants more young people being more active.
“Kids are not playing outdoors these days. Our Kids need to be more active, at least 30 minutes a day. Playing video games all day and eating fast food is causing kids to become obese.”