Modeled after the television show, The Biggest Loser, 21 participants will compete for a cash prize.
Each person will go through rigorous training sessions, for six months, at Physical Therapy Solutions, which is located off of Seqouia Drive in Leitchfield.
Personal trainer Karon Lacefield will head up the event.
She explained that each contestant would have to pay $150 a month to become eligible for the cash prize at the end.
Lacefield said her main purpose of the event is to educate people on living a healthier lifestyle.
Each participant will undergo a medical evaluation to make sure the applicant is healthy enough.
Dr. Gay Fulkerson, who operates a medical practice off of South Main Street, explained what the evaluations would consist of.
“The evaluation will consist of a physical exam, lab work,” Fulkerson said, “possibly an EKG, and other testing as well, if we find a problem. They have to have at least 50 lbs. to lose. It is also going to be based on body fat and body mass. We want the competition to be fair. It levels the playing field for everyone.”
Other things Fulkerson is going to check are sodium, potassium, cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels, kidney and liver function, and a person’s hemoglobin.
“A lot of these people who will be in this category are not exercising now,” she added. “They are probably going from sedentary to active.”
Doctor Dean Tindall, with Elizabethtown Chiropractic and Nutritional Healing, will be focusing on the nutritional and naturopathic aspect with contestants.
Tindall will monitor body fat and body mass index at the beginning, middle, and at the end of the contest.
He wants to help people to understand how to get healthy and lose weight in a proper fashion.
“Our biggest thing with the contest is wanting to change people’s eating habits,” added Tindall. “Most people who are obese are starving to death. A lot of food has no nutritional value to it.”
According to Tindall, soda has a negative nutritional aspect to it. To digest it properly, people get nothing out of it.
He added that chronic health problems are actually nutrition deficiencies in the body.
Harris said his main goal with the contest is to encourage better fitness awareness education to public.
“I hope at least some of the contestants take this use it at opportunity to take this and change their lifestyle,” explained Harris.
He said people who are overweight have more ankle, joint, and knee problems.
Harris feels that lower joint problems could be avoided.
Lacefield said people have sold their health to convenience.
“Thanks to entertainment, the value of modern technology, vending machines in the schools, children who think chicken has two fingers,” added Lacefield, “and parents who are so nutritionally ignorant, thinking french fries and ketchup meet daily requirements, there is not much comfort to be found in comfort foods after all.”
Lacefield said it costs $1,485 to sponsor a contestant; $100 goes to the prize money, $75 goes for the gym fee, $450 goes to Lacefield, $340 goes to the cost of a preliminary health screening, and $520 goes for advertising. The deadline to enter is October 31.