Being overweight is a worldwide problem, thanks to our not-so-great dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle. Most of us want to shed a few kilos now and then, but give up on our diets and exercise regimes after a week due to lack of motivation. Sounds relatable yet sad, right? But, what if I told you that there is a whole city to inspire you to take your weight-loss plans seriously and keep you motivated every day?
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Welcome to Naron in northwestern Spain, where everybody has signed up for an unusual challenge – yes, a weight-loss program. As per the challenge, the residents must shed 100,000 kilos by early 2020 – and that means no unhealthy food (the residents have a particular liking to bacon and fried calamari) and rigorous exercise. Carlos Pineiro is the doctor behind the slimming program that began in January to offer a better life to the inhabitants.
On the other hand, the town of Galicia accounts for the greatest number of overweight (or even obese) people according to the Spanish Society of Cardiology. Thus, residents have started following a cleaner diet devoid of pork belly, cold cuts and tripe. It rains most of the time in Galicia, leaving people with a high-calorie consumption and little opportunity for exercise. The mayor Marian Ferreiro and her municipal councilors broke the convention and weighed themselves in public to show their support as well. Interested people now consult the local doctors and begin their slimming journey armed with personalized diets and physical exercise regimes. That’s not all, they even make it a point to weigh themselves regularly at the town’s health centers – now that’s some motivation!
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Schools have started adopting the weight-loss programs in their own curriculum as well. Students at Jorge Juan School in Naron have two options – in addition to eating their vegetables, they have sports for one hour daily or ride an exercise bike. Those who live nearby come to school on bicycles and scooters, or by walking. Going by the slogan, fruit forms an important of everyday diet at school. As a result, children remain healthy and active, and save time and money on future obesity-related health conditions.
Proud of their success, the residents are more than enthusiastic to keep up with their weight and pass on the same energy to their children. Allow me to slightly modify the slogan, “where there’s a will, there’s always a treadmill!”