“Fight for a Fitter Fort” Fails to Cut Fat

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It was a noble goal: encourage Fort Wayne residents to collectively lose a half-million pounds by 2016… but here on the last day of 2015, it seems to have gone the way of so many weight-loss New Year's Resolutions.

The “Fight for a Fitter Fort,” otherwise known as “Operation F4,” launched last year after a national study listed Fort Wayne as the 4th most obese city in the nation. The idea was to encourage companies and other organizations to challenge their employees to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle; now our partners in news at 21Alive report that while it started out strong and enthusiastically, the latest official numbers show only about 4,000 pounds lost.

But the Fort Wayne Parks Department, who's overseeing the effort, isn't giving up, saying the message has always been to increase awareness and to get people to at least think about healthy lifestyles.