This week marks the one-year anniversary of the national fitness campaign the 50 Million Pound Challenge, which encourages African Americans across the country to come together to get fit and lose weight.

Created by author and celebrity fitness expert Dr. Ian Smith, the campaign aims to help African Americans get on the road to healthier diets and lifestyles, and collectively reach the goal of shedding 50 million pounds.

The campaign is quickly closing in on 2 million pounds. To join the challenge, visit