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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Childhood obesity is a challenge that familes and cities all over the country must face. But in Fort Worth, the mayor has unveiled a plan to get both kids and adults to live healthy. Mayor Betsy Price takes her concern for the health of Fort Worth residents to a new level with the new grassroots health initiative is called ‘Fit Worth.’

“This is about the epidemic of childhood obesity that we are facing,” said Price.

According to a 2011 fitness survey, half of all students in the Fort Worth Independent School District are considered obese. Price is hoping to change that with the help of an eight-week challenge between schools. “The kids get to track their food and water and exercise, and the winning schools get $1,000 toward new P.E. equipment,” Price said. “The hopes is that the kids will be excited and take it home, and get their parents involved, too.”

Fort Worth parents like Richard Johnson think it is a good idea. “It’s got to be pushed somewhere,” he said, “and that’s a good start.”

Tiffany Williams agreed, saying that she recently changed her family’s eating habits. “My mom died from complications of diabetes, and I just think it’s important for our family to not repeat that cycle,” Williams said.

The next step in the ‘Fit Worth’ initiative will be to examine school lunch menus. But until then, Price hopes to see residents being more active.

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