Shape Up RI
Shape Up Rhode Island is a new non-profit venture aimed at improving the health of Rhode Islanders and fighting obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
Each spring, hundreds of groups of Rhode Islanders will form teams and compete over a 4 month period to see which team can lose the most weight (as a percentage of total team weight) or log the most miles of physical activity (per person on the team). Participants will get Shape Up RI silicone wristbands and weekly updates with healthy eating and living tips from top health experts. At the end of the 4 month program, winning teams will be honored at a high-profile awards ceremony.
As a result of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, 56% of Rhode Islanders are overweight or obese. Obesity leads to health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes. The cost of health care resulting from obesity in Rhode Island alone is $305 million each year.
Shape Up Rhode Island is an annual effort to combat the growing obesity epidemic. This same program in other states has yielded drastic results. Last year in Iowa a similar program led to a total loss of 45 tons of fat and 3.5 million miles of physical activity logged by program participants! We aspire to achieve such stunning results here in Rhode Island.
Learn more at their temporary website: www.shapeupri.org