Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg is a lot lighter than it was six months ago.
In January during her State of the City Address, Former Mayor Joan Foster challenged the Hill City to lose 12 tons, or 24,000 pounds, in 2012. With a huge donation from the Lynchburg Weight Watchers, the city has now cleared that number.
At the time, Foster's challenge raised a lot of eyebrows. But health department spokeswoman Leslie Hoglund says she wasn't surprised we met it.
"There's a lot of social science research that says when you rally a community like this, people rise to the occasion and people get it and say, ‘You know what? We do want a healthy city to live in. We want a healthy community to participate in'," said Hoglund.
Statistics show about one-third of adults in Lynchburg are obese. For children, the number is close to 19 %.