MT. VERNON — — YMCA of Jefferson County has partnered with Rend Lake College to sponsor the 2014 Lose to Win Challenge, which kicks off Jan. 11.
The annual weight loss contest, in its eighth year, is offered by the Y as a way to encourage healthier lifestyles among members and non-members alike, said Matt Greene, the Y's program director. This is the second year RLC has been a partner.
“Whether it's here or whether it's at home, whatever their doing, that's the ultimate goal is to at least get them a healthy lifestyle, at least (get) those habits established,” Greene said.
All challenge participants must register as a four-person team at a cost of $100 per team. That works out to $25 per individual member. The registration deadline is Jan. 4.
Team members are then weighed at the start of the contest to determine the total weight of the team and of each individual member, Greene said.
The competition itself runs for nearly two months, from Jan. 11 to March 8.
During that time, participants are given free access to the local YMCA gym facilities, the Rend Lake College Fitness Center & Aquatic Center on the RLC campus, and the RLC Marketplace Fitness Center on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon.
“What they're trying to do is lose the most combined percentage weight loss as a team,” Greene said.
At the end of the two months, the teams are weighed again. Then cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place teams with the highest percentage weight loss, as well as to the individual with the most weight loss.
The prizes are $600 for the first place team, $400 for the second place team, $200 for the third place team, and $500 for the individual winner, said Larry Cornett, executive director of the local Y. The team with the best name also wins $100.