MEDICAL FOUNDATION AND JACKSONVILLE MAYOR CHALLENGE COMMUNITY TO LOSE ONE MILLION POUNDS
Jacksonville, Florida (April 7, 2016) - Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the Duval County Medical Society Foundation today issued a challenge to northeast Florida: lose one million pounds in an effort to become a healthier community. The program is called Mission One Million: The 904 in Motion, and the goal is to get everyone in the 904 area actively involved in a Mission of better health.
"Overweight and obesity are the leading causes of preventable disease in our area," said Sunil Joshi, MD, President of the Duval County Medical Society. "If our community can come together with a Mission to lose one million pounds, we can save millions of dollars in healthcare costs and ultimately save lives.”
Dr. Joshi co-chairs the Mission One Million program with Mayor Curry. Mission One Million is just one of the many programs launched today as a part of the Journey to One program. Journey to One is a comprehensive strategy focused on improving Jacksonville's position in the County Health Rankings from 48 to 1.
Mayor Curry announced both programs as a part of World Health Day at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The announcement came at the conclusion of a walk from the Prime Osborn Convention Center to Hemming Park led by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy.
"I am excited and honored to be a part of this program," said Dr. Joshi. "I can't wait to see how thousands of individual Missions will come together to transform our community."
Any resident in the 904 area code can become a part of Mission One Million by visiting904MissionOneMillion.com and signing in. Users will be asked to submit a current weight, a goal weight, and their individual Mission.
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