Health Coalition Announces Weight Loss Challenge to Feature Free Personal Training.
The Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities (HCHC) coalition has announced its first weight loss contest. Eight participants will be selected for the four-month HCHC Weight Loss Challenge, which begins May 1 and lasts through the summer.
The competition is open to any Tri-State resident over the age of 18 with the deadline for submissions set for April 21. The competition will begin May 1 and continue until Aug. 31. The eight contestants will receive free personal training, valued at more than $1,000 per person, and education concerning nutrition. The winner will not be determined by pounds, but rather the individual who loses the greatest percentage from his or her starting weight will be declared the winner. The contest winner will receive a 55-inch television courtesy of Big Sandy Superstore.
“One of the original focuses of our coalition, and a cause still close to the heart of our work as a group, is the reversal of recent trends in regards to obesity,” said Laura Patrick, who represents King's Daughters Medical Center in the coalition. “Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important to overall health, which is why we’re excited to offer this opportunity to match motivated members of our community with professionals who can help them lose weight the healthy way.”
Those interested in participating in the competition must submit videos explaining why they should be chosen. The eight finalists will be chosen by a team of trainers who will then provide their services to the contestants. Requirements to enter the first HCHC Weight Loss Challenge are as follows:
- Must be at least 18 years of age and live in the Tri-State.
- Visit facebook.com/healthychoiceshealthycommunities and like the page.
- Post a video submission to the Facebook page and tag at least two friends who will act as a support system should the submitter be selected.
- Each video should be at least 90 seconds in length but no more than three minutes and make the case for why the individual should be selected.
- Creativity with the video submissions is encouraged, but each video must contain the following:
- Submitters name, age and city of residence.
- Submitter must mention the days and times during the week when they would generally be available for training. Contestants must meet at least twice weekly with their trainers.
- At least once during each video, submitters must be seen in a full-body image so that the trainers have a general idea of submitters’ starting fitness levels.
“This is a great opportunity for someone to not only shed weight with the help of an expert, but to engage their friends and families through social media to act as their cheerleaders and support system,” said Firm Fitness at Bellefonte Pavilion manager Ryan Arnett. Firm Fitness will provide the trainers for the contest and is the community fitness facility of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH), a member of HCHC. “It’s my hope that our video submissions go viral and that the community becomes very engaged in the contest,” Arnett said. “Our eight finalists are all winners, regardless of who walks away with our grand prize, because all eight will receive free personal training and will leave the contest healthier than they entered it. We hope our eight competitors can serve as inspirations to others.”
Updates concerning the contestants will be posted throughout the summer. A party to reveal the winners will take place Saturday, Sept. 9 at Bellefonte Pavilion on the OLBH campus.
HCHC is comprised of organizations throughout the Tri-State region. Visit us on Facebook.