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Hattiesburg Mayor Urges Citizens to Participate in Let's Play Challenge.

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Hattiesburg officials say residents only have a few weeks left to help win a playground for the city and a bicycle for themselves.

Hattiesburg is teaming up with 26 other Mississippi cities in the Mayor's Let's Play Challenge, and it is currently in 8th place...

KaBoom! is sponsoring the challenge in an effort to fight obesity.  The winning city will get a brand new playground.

Mayor Johnny DuPree said he is all for the program.

"We've got to start with our young people to make sure that they live healthy lives, they eat right and they exercise," DuPree said.  "One way to do that is to get them from the iPhone, get them away from the iPad and iPod and television and get them outside."

He said to help Hattiesburg, log on to www.letsplay.com.  Click the "Pledge Now" icon promising to spend one hour of playtime outdoors. Next, select Mississippi then check the box verifying that you're over 18.  Another box of participating cities will pop up. Click Hattiesburg, and voila - Hattiesburg is one step closer to winning a playground, and you are one step closer to winning a bike.

Each participant has a chance to win a 26" mountain bike donated by the city.

"If we do that, we can win a playground," DuPree said.  "You have the opportunity to win a bike, but even greater than all of that, we have an opportunity to lower the obesity rate in the city."

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