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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Championing for community weight loss

Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.


By the Advocate Editorial Board

Inspiration comes easy when you see people in your community successfully losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Recently, our follow-up story on four Crossroads residents who went through H-E-B's Slimdown Showdown reminds us we need to become a healthier community.

We applaud what H-E-B has accomplished with its weight-loss challenge.

Reuben Ybarra, Randall Goode, Amber Thomas and Jason Brown: We could not be prouder of your successes on becoming a better, healthier you.

Of course, not all of us have the chance to partake in programs like this, but there is no reason we can't also live healthy lifestyles.

We've heard of businesses throughout the country starting their own weight-loss competitions. We need to push these programs even more, especially on a local level.

Now is the time - not later.

The most recent statistics show two out of three people are either overweight or obese.

If we can bring donuts or other sweets into the office some mornings, why can't we bring healthier choices?

We understand not everyone will want to partake, but we also shouldn't hold back those trying to better their health.

Many times, businesses don't take into account those who may be diabetic or are trying to lose weight. The key to making this successful is to provide options.

Yes, people need to take control of their own decisions, but we should also help them reach their goals.

Ybarra, Goode, Thomas and Brown are excellent examples of paying it forward and helping others reach their goals.

Each of them inspires others to meet their goals. They work out in community exercise programs, like zumba at Riverside Park, and they make it a point to share their stories.

While they do what they can to promote healthier living, we reiterate that area businesses should do the same.

Perhaps this can be achieved by some type of weight-loss competition or other incentive.

Let's hold each other accountable and become a healthier community.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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