March 4, 2009
The Lowndes County Shrinkdown kicked off in January and it ends Friday, with a special treat.
The first 100 people to show up for Friday''s final lunch-n-learn will receive a free pedometer, courtesy of State Farm Insurance agent John Acker.
A free eight-week program, the Shrinkdown, provided through a partnership of the YMCA and Leadership Lowndes County, has offered participants a weekly lunch-n-learn series to educate them on nutrition and exercise, as well as an opportunity to compete for prizes.
Friday marks the final weigh-in, with winners of the weight loss challenge and participation challenge to be announced next week.
Some of the benefits of the program include health screenings and a number of exhibits to promote a healthy lifestyle, tips on nutrition, exercise and other healthy living habits, healthy recipes and of course the Health Talk lunch-n-learns at BMH-GT.
The topic for the final lunch-n-learn event is "Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle," presented by Stephanie Gibson.
The Shrinkdown''s lunch-n-learn session will be held at BMH-GT''s Outpatient Pavilion, in the conference room.
Drawings for YMCA memberships, gift cards and gift certificates at local businesses will be held after Friday''s weigh-in.
Grand prizes will be awarded in the days following the last weigh-in. A $250 cash prize will be awarded for the largest percentage of weight lost by an individual and a prize of $250 will be awarded to an individual with the most participation points.
Points are earned through exercise, attending the lunch-n-learn sessions and weekly weigh-ins.
The corporate and community division will compete for trophies awarded to the group with the highest percentage of weight loss per participant.
For more information, call Barbara Bigelow, YMCA director of community relations, at 662-328-7696 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with partnering entities the YMCA and Leadership Lowndes County, sponsors of the Shrinkdown include Acker and the Columbus Bank Association.