The second annual “Get It Off Grayson County”—a county-wide weight loss challenge that will offer a cash prize to the entrant who loses the largest percentage of body weight—will begin on Monday, March 11 and last through May 20.
The Grayson County Cooperative Extension Office’s Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Natalie Taul said a ten-dollar entry fee will be charged, and entrants may sign up through the initial weigh-in and kick-off meeting on March 11.
In addition, Taul said to provide extra incentive for entrants to work the weight off, the individual who loses the largest percentage of body weight over the eleven weeks will win all of the entrance fee money.
“We hope to help the community to achieve healthier, better lifestyles,” she said. “And we do that by getting people to change their lifestyles.”
Taul said Get If Off Grayson County is designed to help community members transition into a healthier lifestyle through education; however, it does not endorse any specific weight-loss plan. Rather, the program will offer classes every other Monday to provide entrants with weight-loss tips, including meal-planning, exercise, dining out, and grocery-shopping.
Taul said the challenge is sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s (UK) program called “Weight: The Reality Series.” She said UK provides educational materials for cooperative extension offices across the state to develop their own weight-loss initiative, which led Taul and the Grayson County Extension Office to develop Get It Off Grayson County.
Taul said last-year’s event had 23 participants who lost a combined total of 185 pounds, and she hopes to have at least 50 sign up this year.