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Friendly competition planned to help residents lose more weight

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By Lyndsey Gilpin

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Millions of viewers watch “The Biggest Loser” on television, cheering for overweight contestants as they work to shed hundreds of pounds. 

For many, the show seems unrealistic, but in August, Bullitt County residents will have the opportunity to participate in a similar competition. 

The Coalition for Recreation, Education, and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) will host its second eight-week weight loss competition. The entrance fee is $10 and the winner takes all. 

Classes are offered at the health department on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings to accommodate those who participate.

A different topic will be discussed each week and contestants will have the opportunity to work out. 

“By changing the small things first, it is a breath of fresh air for them,” Daniel Crum, health educator for the Bullitt County Health Department. 

Instructors will dispel myths about weight loss and exercise as well as individualize workout routines. A personal trainer will teach the exercise classes, and nutrition information will be available.

“The secret to weight loss is consistency, so finding what people are able to be consistent with is key,” he said. 

Crum added that during the competition this past winter, he tried to emphasize willpower, because those struggling with weight loss only have a certain amount of willpower to spend in a day.

The classes also provide opportunities for participants to ask questions and share advice for those who are struggling. It becomes a group effort, but can turn competitive. 

“When prize money is involved, it can motivate people that much more,” Crum said. 

Registration and weigh-in is Aug. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. or Aug. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants must attend the weigh-in, but classes are optional. All classes are held at the health department community room. 

C.R.E.W. meets the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the community room. 

“I hope this competition provides community members the opportunity to jump start their health, and realize weight loss does not have to be overwhelming,” said Crum. “And I hope it introduces C.R.E.W. We want the input on how to improve the health of Bullitt County.”