According to USA.gov, weight-, health- and fitness-related goals accounted for three of the top 10 New Year's resolutions. And no wonder: The obesity rate for adults in the United States hovers at 27.2 percent, according to a 2013 Gallup Poll.
It's one thing to make a New Year's resolution and another thing to keep it. That's where St. Luke's $10,000 Weight Loss Challenge can help. The hospital provides participants with starter kits complete with shopping lists, recipes, meal planning, exercise regimens and nutrition classes to help them drop pounds and feel better.
Between Saturday, Jan. 11, and Thursday, June 5, they'll eat better, get more exercise and watch the fat melt away, getting updates on their progress at monthly weigh-ins. Then, they'll get half-price entry to the FitOne 5K foot race Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 18-20.
Fitness buffs hitching their weight-loss goals to St. Luke's may have cash and prizes in store for them. Biggest loser prizes, as defined by the highest percentage of weight lost, are $2,400 for first place, $1,200 for second place and $800 for third place.
Swing by the kick-off party in the lobby of St. Luke's Meridian for sign-ups, a weigh-in, blood pressure and sugar screenings, and a body mass index check. Then, get going on keeping that weight-loss resolution.