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Tuesday Date Night Challenge

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A flash mob in CityPlace drew attention to a startling, but little known statistic. In addition to higher than average foreclosure and unemployment rates, Palm Beach County also tops the charts statewide in the number of divorces.

This is a trend the "Date Night Challenge", hopes to stop.

Tim Popadic, director of Date Night Challenge, said, "We're in a county with a 62.4 percent divorce rate."

To slow the rush of Palm Beach County residents' from the altar to divorce court, a coalition of local businesses are promoting the Date Night Challenge. "We want to see couples and family's thrive," explained Popadic. "We want to see folks have the help and the hope that they need. We feel that an initiative like this will do just that."

The initiative, is a multi-media approach to dating. Restaurants from Palm Beach Gardens to Clematis and CityPlace are teaming up to promote healthy relationships. Plus, an iPhone app offers helpful suggestions for dating activities, as well as special discounts available Tuesday nights at participating restaurants.

"It's five dates over five weeks. Every Tuesday night, starting January 17 and going through Valentine's day."

Samantha Francart and Sameer Hinduja took part in the flash mob earlier Sunday night, and stuck around for a live performance.

It's so easy to get super busy with life and responsibilities and pressures,"said Sameer.

"I loved that we were a part of something bigger, and we were together in it." and according to everyone involved -- spending time together is kind of the point.

"A lot of people don't want to make an investment in their relationship. The challenge is to see if you can do it,"

What we found is that couples that do this, over the course of four to five weeks, actually increase their relationship satisfaction by 90 percent.

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