Wednesday, February 06, 2013
City Councilman H. Lamar
Willis launches 100 Mile Challenge Walk/Run
– Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis is inviting Atlantans to join him
for the 100 Mile Challenge Walk/Run campaign – an on-going event designed to
encourage residents to get and stay healthy.
the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United
States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and
approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19
years are obese.
in at 330 lbs, Willis began his weight loss challenge late 2011 and met his
ultimate goal of shedding 100 pounds in October 2012. He currently weighs
in at 223.
him the tipping point was when he was denied life insurance due to his weight.
had no hypertension, no high blood pressure, never had any health issues but I
was still denied life insurance. That scared he me,” he said. “When someone
else believes you may not be here tomorrow it becomes a wake-up call. From then
on I was determined to prove them wrong and help others lose weight and keep it
off as well.”
Willis’ challenge is part of the City of Atlanta’s on-going health and
fitness campaign. During the kick-off announcement, Willis was joined by Mayor
Kasim Reed, Department of Human Resources Commissioner Yvonne Yancy and
nationally acclaimed fitness guru Dr. Ian
part of his daily diet, Willis said for breakfast he has fresh fruit. For lunch
he has a soup and salad and dinner is fish or beef as an occasional treat.
exercising on a regular basis is key to success. Today he exercises seven days a
week which includes lifting weights and riding an elliptical.
who would like to take part in the 100 Mile Challenge call the Office of City
Councilman H. Lamar Willis at 404-330-6041 for a walk/run opportunity near you.