Weigh Down Washington County 2010 starts Jan. 5

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By The Staff

If you are just waiting for the New Year to roll around to shed those extra pounds, you are not alone.  Many will start 2010 with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, and Weigh Down Washington County is here to help.  It will only take 30 minutes a week to weigh in and get valuable nutrition and physical activity information to help you reach your goal for better health.

Weigh Down Washington County 2010 will be conducted each Tuesday beginning Jan. 5 and run through Tuesday, March 2.  Registration will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Washington County Extension Office from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $10.  Times for the sessions each week include Weigh-In from 5-5:15 p.m. or from 5:35-5:45 p.m.  The educational information will be presented from 5:15 to 5:35 p.m.  Class topics include:  Getting Started; Physical Activity; Eating on the Go; Healthy/Low Cal Food; Using Fitness Equipment; Portion Control; and Safe Stretching.  Each time you stay for the entire informational session, your name will be entered into a drawing for a door prize to be given away the following week and you must be present to win.

The goal of Weigh Down Washington County is to lose seven percent (7%) of your starting body weight.  Five dollars ($5) of each registration will go into the pot.  If a participant gains weight from one week to the next, a $1 fee is paid.  If a participant does not weigh in for the week, a $2 fee is paid.  These fees are also entered into the “pot”.  At the end of eight weeks of the weight loss program, those reaching their 7% goal will share in the pot of money generated throughout the program.

A new emphasis for Weigh Down 2010 is for youth under 16 years of age.  Youth are invited and encouraged to attend the informational session from 5:15-5:35 p.m. to learn useful nutrition and physical activity information to help them for a lifetime.  Each time a youth attends an informational session, the youth’s name will be entered into a drawing to win a new bicycle and helmet.  On March 2, we will draw for the bicycle giveaway.

Weigh Down Washington County participants may walk in the hallways at Washington County High School anytime between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday beginning Wednesday, Jan. 6 and ending on Monday, March 1.  This gives citizens the opportunity to have a warm, dry place to get exercise during the winter months.  You may enter at the office lobby to check in for the walking sessions each Monday and Wednesday. For more information, contact sponsors Jill Settles, community education director, at 859-336-5470, X 226; or Kay Kennedy or Laura Peek at the Washington County Extension Service at 859-336-7741.  The Washington County Health Department and Lincoln Trail District Health Department are also sponsors of the program.