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Posted by Tom on 2013/12/31 9:50:00 (1697 reads) News by the same author

Money and other prizes await winners in the next
wellness, or weight loss, challenge at Trenton sponsored by local agencies and businesses.

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2014 Challenge Registration dates are January 9-10, 2014. The contest will run for 12 weeks. The end date will be April 4.

Sign-Up and Weigh-In at the Ketcham Community Center or the Grundy County Health Department during regular business hours.

Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate or have signed parental consent.

This year there will be a $10 per person entry fee to cover supplies and boost the prize pool.

Weigh-In Guidelines:

All weights should be taken with shoes off.
You must weigh-in every Thursday or Friday to be eligible for prizes. Each participant will be allowed to miss one weekly weigh-in with no penalty.

All actual weights will be kept confidential.
Total percentage of weight loss for each participant will run weekly in the Trenton Republican-Times newspaper. If no weight loss occurs or if weight remains the same a "--"will run next to participant name.

Nutrition and Exercise Journals:

Participants will be complete a nutrition and exercise journal. The journal will be part of your registration packet. (CalorieKing books are also available for $8; these are a great resource!)
Participants that turn in journals at the end of the contest will be entered into a drawing for two one-year memberships to Ketcham Community Center and two one-year subscriptions to Trenton Republican-Times.

Nutrition Programs brought to you by Hy-Vee
This year the Grundy County Health Department is excited to announce that Hy-Vee will be joining us as a sponsor of the Wellness Challenge. Cindy Eivins, MS, RDN, LD, dietician at your local Hy-Vee, will be offering several nutrition programs during this year's challenge. The main focus of these classes will be nutrition and weight loss. While these classes are part of the Wellness Challenge, they are free and open to the public. More information about specific time and date will follow.


Here's how: Each person that loses 10% or more of their initial body weight at the final weigh-in will win a cash prize. The amount of money they receive will depend on the number of people that meet that goal. We will start with a base cash amount of $1500 (donated by the Grundy County Health Department). We will add to that a portion of the entry fees. If only one person loses 10% or more of their initial body weight, they win at least $1,500. If ten people lose 10% or more they each win $150. This means that EVERYONE has the opportunity to win and you're only competing with yourself. In 2013 we had 40 winners, each pocketed $67 CASH.

2013 Maintenance Prize:

Participants from the 2013 Wellness Challenge are eligible to win a $300 maintenance prize. This prize will be awarded to the person that has maintained the highest percentage of weight loss throughout the year. Weigh-ins for the maintenance prize will also be held on January 9th and 10th at the Grundy County Health Department and the Ketcham Community Center during regular business hours. There is no fee to weigh in for the maintenance competition only.

For more information, contact the Grundy County Health Department at 359-4196 or email

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