Lighten Up SGV

More than 58 percent of adults in Los Angeles County are overweight or obese, and almost 23 percent of county children in grades 5, 7 and 9 are obese, according to data from the Department of Public Health. And the rate of adults considered overweight or obese in the San Gabriel Valley area is 54.6 percent. As one of the largest health care providers in the San Gabriel Valley, Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) is witnessing first-hand the consequences of this potentially deadly disease. From heart attacks to diabetes to cancer, obesity is taking its toll on the hospitals' patient populations. CVHP is committed to helping our community fight this epidemic and to being an integral partner in elevating the health of those we serve.

Lighten Up SGV! is a comprehensive support program for those living and working in the San Gabriel Valley who want to lose weight and get healthy. It includes a weight loss contest, Web site, weight loss support classes and other events and resources for both adults and children.

As a way to encourage and motivate community members to lose weight, CVHP is sponsoring its first ever weight loss challenge. It will kick off on January 28, 2012 with a Community Weigh-In Event at Queen of the Valley hospital in West Covina. Individuals (ages 12 and older) and teams of 5 are eligible to compete. Participants will register for the challenge and officially be weighed in on that day. They will also receive FREE blood pressure and BMI screenings. The first phase will run for six months and prizes will be awarded in June. The second phase of the challenge will start in June and run through November 2012. Registration for the Weight Loss Challenge & Community Weigh-In Day will begin on December 11. TO RSVP FOR THE COMMUNITY WEIGH-IN EVENT, CALL (888) 456-2847.

Lighten Up SGV! is also an online community that can be found at beginning on January 2, 2012. This Web site is home to different discussion boards, blogs, health articles and other weight loss resources. Users can join for FREE and create profile pages and find/offer support through the discussion boards. Users do not have to be participants in the weight loss contest and vice versa.

Lighten Up SGV! is also a series of FREE weight loss support and family-focused classes provided to community members by health care professionals. Each month, physicians, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers and other experts will present a weight loss-related topic. Class topics include: fitness tips, how to stay motivated, healthy cooking demo and much more. All classes are open to the public and do not require participation in either the contest or the online community.

Besides the contest, Web site and classes, CVHP will also work with its partners to provide additional weight loss events and resources to the community including a family-focused walk/run, exercise classes and fitness groups.The ultimate goal of Lighten Up SGV! is to help the residents of the San Gabriel Valley get healthier and live happier and help CVHP fulfill our vision to be an integral partner in elevating our communities' health.

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