By ROSIE GITHINJI
MT. VERNON —
With a new year comes new resolutions and the YMCA of Jefferson County, Crossroads Community Hospital and Rend Lake College want to help people reach their goals.
Debi Richardson, director of marketing and public relations for Crossroads, said the Lose to Win registration has been extended. The first weigh in was originally supposed to take place on Jan. 5, but has since been pushed back to Saturday, Jan. 12.
Right now there are about 30 teams signed up for the Lose to Win competition. Richardson said the registration date was pushed back to allow more people to join, and she wanted to make sure people interested in the program did not miss out.
“We are really hoping right now to get to 50 [teams],” Richardson said. “We want to help as many people as possible.”
Teams consist of four people, but Richardson said if there are any individuals or smaller teams interested in joining the Lose to Win program, they should still register and can be given a team to participate with.
“We want to work with everybody,” she said. “We will make sure you get on a team if you just come in individually. Go ahead and stop in and register.”
Registration cost $100 per team or $25 per person. There are over 375 hours of various workouts being offered and 75 classes those in the competition can take part in during the eight week program.
“We feel like there must be people out there who don’t realize everything you get for $25,” Richardson said. “We are really working hard to try and give people the biggest bang for their buck.”
Cash prizes will be given to the top three teams in the program and one for the individual weight loss winner. There is also a cash prize offered for the most unique or creative team name.
Richardson added the program typically begins the first weekend in January. One purpose of the program is to help those who may have gained weight over the holiday season, who want to lose it, but don’t know where to go. She said the program also strives to make the community healthier as well as educate the community of healthy habits.
“We wanted to have something out there that could help people kick start [their resolutions],” she said. “It’s such a win/win proposition.”
There will be meeting times scheduled for every other week throughout the competition as well. The classes are for everyone who signed up for the Lose to Win competition and will offer a combined work out and educational talk on nutrition, exercise and vitamins, among other topics. A mid-program party is also planned for Saturday, Feb. 9. There will be a Zumbathon, a cooking demonstration and mid-program weigh-ins so people can check on their progress.
In addition to the classes and access to work out spaces, Crossroads Community Hospital is also offering reduced fee blood screenings, which will include a complete blood count, glucose and a lipid panel for $25. The same screenings will be offered at the beginning and the end of the program so people can see their progress.
“Hopefully they stick with the eight week program,” Richardson said. “There are so many choices for people.”
Those registered for the program will have free access to the YMCA during the duration of the program, as well as the Rend Lake Marketplace Fitness Center and the Fitness and Aquatic Center at the RLC campus in Ina.
The initial weigh in will be held at Crossroads Community Hospital from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 12. A mini health fair will also take place during that time.
For more information or with questions, contact Richardson at 241-8510 or Matt Greene at the YMCA at 242-7500.