13th Annual Big Loser starts March 1
Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:32am admin
—Get in shape for life by participating in contest!
CRESCO - Have you put on a few (or a lot of) pounds in the past year, five, 10? Want to do something about it? Why not participate in the Big Loser Contest this year?
Now entering its 13th year, the 16-week program promotes weight loss and a healthy lifestyle through sound dieting, regular exercise and good, old fashioned hard work. Last year, the six participants lost 118.4 pounds. But more importantly, they learned the benefits of replacing poor lifestyle habits with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Bill Caffrey, Big Loser committee member and winner of the very first Big Loser Contest in 2005, says the program this year will follow suit with previous years.
“We are looking for people who want to lose weight and get fit in a healthy, safe way for life!” said Caffrey. “The 16-week contest focuses on proper exercise and diet for individuals who would like to lose weight and/or get more physically fit. No tricks. No gimmicks. Just hard work and real results.”
He adds, “Deserving candidates will be selected to participate in the contest, which during the first eight weeks, includes weekly group classes with some professional guidance on nutrition and exercise.”
Caffrey says the following eight weeks gives participants a chance to incorporate these new concepts into their lives on their own.
Contestants from 2016 raved about the support they got from each other. Even though it is a competition, each individual was supportive of the others. They took the attitude of if one wins, they all win!
“Willing participants can be any size or age, possess any level of athletic ability and have a strong desire to make a positive change in their lives,” Caffrey explained. “We are looking for people who are fed up with the way their life is going and want to change.”
The program costs a mere $100 to join, and Caffrey says participants can expect to become “a happier and more confident person in the future.”
Additionally, prize packages include gift certificates, Cresco Bucks and more!
“I’m looking forward to the 2017 Big Loser Program,” Caffrey noted.
In order to be considered for the program, interested individuals must fill out a form that can be found online at www.cityofcresco.com/big-los.html. Hard copies of the form can also be obtained at the Cresco Fitness Center. Forms must be filled out and taken to the Fitness Center by Sunday, Feb. 26. The program starts on Wednesday, March 1 and runs until June 23.
Participants will be selected based on a personal, detailed letter describing why they believe they deserve to be a “Big Loser” and a possible personal interview with the program committee. Update stories will appear in the Times Plain Dealer approximately once a month.
For more information, please call T.J. Casper or Bill Caffrey at the Cresco Fitness Center at 563-547-3443.