Praise City’s Innovative Anti-Obesity Initiative


Target: Joyce Warshaw, Mayor of Dodge City, Kansas

Goal: Applaud the creation of a free adult playground designed to encourage fitness and fight obesity.

An adult park will soon be built in Dodge City, Kansas in an effort to encourage exercise and combat obesity. The park will include thousands of dollars worth of workout equipment, including an elliptical machine, a rowing machine and a pull-up bar. The following year, the city plans to install an air strider machine as well as a seated lateral pull machine. The park will be free thanks to a 2-year, $4600 grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.

Obesity in America is at an all-time high with over two-thirds of Americans currently considered overweight or obese according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Being overweight can lead to a host of health issues, including increased risk for stroke, diabetes type 2, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, sleep apnea and several types of cancer. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, Americans spent over $190 billion on obesity-related health care last year alone.

The layout will be designed to look like a typical children’s playground, but the pieces will help build strength and increase flexibility and endurance. City officials hope that the new park will encourage more adults to get active, including busy parents or those who are unable to afford gym memberships. The city is also advocating healthy eating as part of a balanced workout plan.

This creative new initiative will give Dodge City residents an opportunity to get in shape for free, and could help prevent thousands of obesity-related illnesses. Particularly with levels of obesity still on the rise, it is imperative that governments all over the world work to address the epidemic. Sign the petition below to applaud the city’s innovative new health initiative.


Dear Mayor Joyce Warshaw,

Dodge City has recently announced plans for an adult playground where people can work on their fitness for free. The park will include several exercise machines, including rowing and an elliptical. The city hopes to encourage those that are busy or unable to afford a gym membership to take their health into their hands.

With obesity and its related health complications on the rise all over America, it is refreshing to see an effort put forth to combat it. We, the undersigned, praise Dodge City’s innovative new adult fitness playground.


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