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Bakari Sellers announces initiative to battle obesity

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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

State Representative Bakari Sellers announced on Thursday his "Healthy March" initiative to battle obesity.

"Healthy March" is a statewide grassroots initiative led by Sellers to increase awareness about obesity issues and encourages personal improvement in nutrition, exercise and overall health.

Sellers is launching www.healthymarch.com, a website where people across South Carolina can share stories about how they are getting healthier:

Participants can share healthy recipe ideas, exercise routines, and even admit when they fall off the wagon. Rep. Sellers will participate in the challenge, as well as blog his stories. The catch? Every time someone cheats on his or her healthy challenge, they can donate to the Healthy March fund.  It can be 50 cents, a dollar, five dollars, or any amount of money. It will serve as a healthy "swear jar." At the end of the month, the Healthy March fund will donate all proceeds to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help feed struggling South Carolinians.

At the end of the month, the Healthy March fund will donate all proceeds to Harvest Hope Food Bank to help feed struggling South Carolinians.

"The best way for elected leaders in South Carolina to fight obesity is not more government mandates, but to lead by example," said Rep. Sellers. "I'm constantly looking for ways to make a difference in this state without having to involve government. This is a fun way to get healthy with your friends, family, and co-workers without government getting involved." 

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