(WMC-TV) - A large group of Memphians started the New Year by trying to exercise their way into the Guinness World Records book and get the city fit at the same time.
It was part of an event called the Get Fit Initiative that turned Raleigh Springs Mall into a giant fitness center.
"We're tired of the national news saying that we are obese and we're not; and we are going to do something about it," said Telisa Franklin, one of the event's organizers.
The group hopes each huff and puff will put an end to articles in Forbes Magazine and others that have labeled Memphis as one of the nation's fattest cities.
This group is also hoping to exercise its way into Guinness Book of World Records.
"Right now we have to have 2,012 people to break that record," Franklin said. "So we need all of Memphis to come out and help."
Kecia Given's was among those who showed up. She's already lost a significant number of pounds through the local biggest loser group and she's eager to lose more.
"I went from a size 16 to a size 12 in about 5 or 6 months," she said.
And Givens says if she can lose weigh anybody can. But the group said working out is about more than just looking fit. They also said losing weight can improve your health too.
"And I tell people I'm not some fitness guru," said Givens. "I didn't come from a past of working out. I was a professionally lazy couch potato and it was time."