CENTERVILLE – City staff members want to help resident get ready for swimsuit season.
Centerville City Recreation is kicking off this year’s Mission Slim-Possible weight loss challenge with an event set for Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Centerville City Hall. The contest, which wraps up April 27, will award cash prizes to those who have lost the highest percentage of weight during the allotted period.
“There’s no set way to lose weight,” said Lisa Summers, the recreation director for Centerville. “We’re just facilitating the contest for whatever healthy way people chose.”
They’re also hoping that residents will continue those healthy habits even after the contest ends. The speaker at this year’s kickoff event will be former “Biggest Loser” contestant Heather Hansen, who was on the show years ago but is still healthy enough to have recently donated a kidney.
“She’ll talk about how it’s not just about losing weight,” said Summers. “It’s about how maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be of benefit to yourself and your family.”
On a more immediate level, making a lifestyle change helps people stick through the whole competition. Though there are regularly 100-or-so contestants at the outset of Slim-Possible, Summers said that the number drops significantly by April.
“It’s starts strong every year, but by the end we’re down to about half,” she said.
Contestants who do remain participate in a weekly weight-in at Centerville City Hall. Weigh-ins are held every Wednesday at city hall between 10 a.m. and noon or 6 and 7 p.m.
Each contestant is weighed alone, with either Summers or her assistant as the only other person to look at the number. The people who have lost the highest percentage of weight each week will have their names posted on the site (total weight is not included).
“All the information is kept private,” said Summers.
Since both men and women are eligible to compete, winners are determined by the highest percentage of weight lost. The top eight winners will receive cash prizes at the end of the competition. The prize amount will be determined by the number of people who sign up initially.
“If people are in it for the money, great,” said Summers. “But most people will be competing with themselves, tracking their own weight loss.”
The competition is open to all Centerville residents ages 18 and older. Registration is $25 and is open until Feb. 6. For more information, call Summers at 801-295-3477. To register, visit xpressrec.com.