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Muevelo (Move it) San Antonio!

Health Science Center fitness program to advocate healthy lifestyle

San Antonio (May 13, 2003) — San Antonio has long been a place where residents like to stroll through the River Walk and chew the fat. But over the past decade, there's been a little too much chewing, and chewing . . . and more chewing. San Antonio is now ranked as one of the fattest cities in the country by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by Men's Fitness magazine. It's time to combat the fat — and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) has the perfect program to help residents lighten up.

It's called Muevelo San Antonio! and, as the name implies, it will get people up and moving. The six-week program combines a series of fun community exercise walks with fitness tips and incentives to help San Antonians buckle down on the obesity epidemic. "We aren't encouraging any binge diets," said Lee Adams, a physician assistant studies student who developed the program. "We are advocating a healthy lifestyle."

The program begins at 1 p.m. May 25 at the Health Science Center track. Participants can join in a fitness walk and, for the next six weeks, weigh in at one of more than 20 official sites across the city. During the initial weigh-in, participants will receive an entry packet complete with fitness tips, a schedule of events and a weigh-in card. Weekend fitness events are scheduled through July 5. Participants who lose the most weight by that date will win prizes donated by local gyms and fitness centers. The grand prize includes a two-night stay at the Omni Hotel or Westin La Cantera Resort, two Sea World passes, two WNBA passes, a free meal a week for a year from Souper Salads and a fitness training session with Strive Fitness. Grand prizes will be awarded to one female and one male participant.

"There are a lot of efforts to decrease the obesity epidemic," Adams said. "We are just another cog in the wheel — but we think our program will be fun and easy and really encourage people to get out and exercise." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click on www.uthscsa.edu/sah/muevelosa.

Contact: Aileen Salinas