Since I just haven't gotten out there to run with my crazy work schedule, the freakishly cold temps (it was -3.5 degrees last night when I got home last night at midnight), and now I'm sick with the same head cold and sore throat that's going around - I thought I needed to at least post something so . . .
Our local YMCA took a HUGE leap of faith last January and launched a program called Wells Weighs In. There was a committee made up of individuals representing several "wellness minded" local companies. None of us had dared to think how big the 4 month program could have become. In the inaugural year, there were over 500 individuals. This past Thursday was the launch of the second annual Wells Weighs In competition - there were over 650 individuals who showed up, paid their money, and got weighed in. That's a HUGE turn out given we live in a small, rural county.
-Teams of 4
-Create a team name (some of my favs from this year are "Wii Not Fit", "Another Bad Idea", "We Don't Have a Name") and get a before & after team photo that is published in the newspaper
-Weigh in once a month (team with biggest % weight lost = winners!)
-Before & After health screenings (2 lipid panels, 2 blood pressure checks, 2 % body fat & bmi screenings)
-Winning team gets $1000 cash prize
-Monthly guest speakers on weight loss topics
-Access to a blog that has tons of great health education information (see HERE)
-Use of the local YMCA one day a week during the 17 weeks of the program