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27% of Solano is Obese: Join this Dixon Team to Help Make it Healthier

Solano County is rated one of California's most unhealthy counties, with the largest percentage of obesity related diabetes.

Solano County cities are registering to compete city vs. city in the first ever race for fitness.

Ms. Fairfield Pageant winner and Dixon resident, Elicia Stewart, was inspired by working with Neighborhood Christian School children to get involved an event that encouraged excerise as a fun family activity. Stewart teamed up with SoFit to rally Dixon residents to get up and get moving.

According to a 2008 CDC study, nearly 10% of Solano County residents have obesity related diabetes, the highest percent in all of California, earning Solano a 33 of 56 Counties in most unhealthy counties. 27 percent of Solano County residents are obese, while only 6 percent are considered limited in healthy food availability, leaving inactivity and poor choices to blame.

The SoFitCity challenge is making strides to change the direction of this unhealthy county, calling every resident of every city, and any fitness level to join in September 29 in Fairfield for the SoFitCity race. Choose a family 1 mile, 5K, or 10k race, and run it, walk it, or dance it (zumba humor).

There will be a VIP tent for first time 5k and 10k participants, as well as first to finish acknowledgements.

Team Dixon needs your help with only 13 registered participants, Dixon is only ahead of Team Rio Vista right now with their 8 members. Team Vacaville has 114, Team Suisun 100, Team Benecia 55, Team Vallejo 122, with Team Fairfield is leading so far with 126 registered teammates. With a little more than a week until the race, you still have time to help Dixon win.

Click here to join!

Event proceeds will support the Solano County Library Foundation (SCLF), whose role remains essential for the education of children and adults in our community. Funding provides for children’s books and other materials at all SCL branches, new, updated computers at 4 libraries, extensive computer software upgrades, making access to the library’s collection easier, all areas of the library tax funding does not support.

"Health is about creating a habit, so we didn't want this race to forget that everyone who crosses that finish line is a winner," says Stewart, "Making a change is first about education. The Library is one of the pivotal centers in each city that represents education, and a fuller definition of what it means to be a fitter city."

Not up for running or walking? The event is still in need or volunteers. Join as part of the "Race Crew" as race support or if you are qualified, medical stand by. Visit http://sofitcitychallenge.com/volunteer to sign-up.

The race begins at 8 a.m., September 29, at Solano Mall, 1350 Travis Blvd, Fairfield, California. Registration ranges from $15-45, depending on the event you choose, and include a custom event t-shirt, post race refreshments, free post race EXPO with music, sponsors, fitness vendors and eligibility for awards and raffles.

Visit https://sofitcity.webconnex.com/runthistown to register, and for more information email build@sofitcity.com

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