When working out, it always helps to have a buddy.
The Clay County YMCA is sponsoring a Biggest Loser Buddy Challenge to help residents stick to their New Years' Resolutions to lose weight.
"We are trying to put a different spin on encouraging people to meet their weight loss goals," YMCA Chief Executive Officer Chad Zaucha said. "It is also helpful for people to have a workout buddy who can keep them motivated to keep going."
Early registration continues through Monday and late registration runs from Feb. 26-March 2 for the eight-week challenge, which begins March 3.
"Residents can sign up individually for $10 or as a two-person team for $20," Zaucha said. "Team members do not have to be in the same age group and everyone is welcome to participate."
However, there is one hitch to signing up for the challenge.
"Those who want to participate must have, or sign up to have, a membership to the YMCA," Zaucha said.
St. Vincent Clay Hospital is co-sponsoring the challenge and will offer a series of four classes about diet and nutrition.
"The classes will be March 6 and 20, and April 3 and 17, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room at the YMCA," Zaucha said. "Employees of St. Vincent Clay Hospital will be teaching the courses."
Cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be given to each member of the teams finishing first, second and third, respectively.
"French, Lawson-Miller and Schoppenhorst Funeral Homes are also a sponsor of the challenge and are providing all prizes," Zaucha said.
Zaucha is hoping for a large number of participants for the challenge and looks forward to seeing the residents of Clay County get into shape.
"We think being able to have a buddy in this challenge will act as an incentive to get people excited about losing weight," he said. "The biggest thing we are hoping for is to motivate residents to become more active in their daily lives and be healthier in general."
For more information or to sign up for the YMCA Biggest Loser Buddy Challenge, contact the Clay County YMCA at 442-6761.