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 LAMONT, Calif. – In spite of a surprise winter storm the night before, close to 100 South Kern residents came together on April 26 to celebrate the completion of the “Live the Challenge” campaign, where participants devoted 100 days to a healthier lifestyle. The 4th annual “Live the Challenge” celebration, which was held at Sunset School in Weedpatch, included both a 5k and a 10k race across three divisions, child, youth and adult in both races.

The campaign comes as Kern County is ranked as 58th in California’s 58 counties in incidence of heart disease, and ranked 57th in incidence of diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In Kern, 6 out of 10 residents are considered obese.

“Live the Challenge” was sponsored by Building Healthy Communities, a community initiative comprised of over 1,200 residents, youth, business and organizations to make positive change in the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, and the unincorporated areas of Southeast Bakersfield.

South Kern Sol attended the event and asked participants: “What change or changes did you make during the challenge and what change will you make for the future?”

See what they said by visiting

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol

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