“You want me to do what?”, said a friend when we suggested he join us in our LEAN challenge; a free ten week fitness and weight loss challenge to refocus on healthier life style changes.
It seems like over half of the friends in our inner circle had gained a few pounds and fallen off the fitness wagon and most wanted to do something about it but just did not have the time, the money or the endurance level to maintain a healthy life style for more than a few weeks without falling back into old bad habits, like eating at fast food restaurants, grabbing a sweet snack or carbonated beverage in order to pep themselves up and stay awake, or form a dependency on caffeine to wake up and alcohol to wind down.
It seemed like everyone one was tired and sporting a spare tire or two, even if it was more the size of a motorcycle tire than a tractor tire, so when Cerner Health announced they were going to extend their health challenge program, previously only offered to Savannah city employees, to anyone interested in joining, the joint started jumping and the local YMCA’s who helped weigh in city employees a few months ago, decided to issue their own challenge to employees and guests who were still struggling to get fit or couldn't seem to burn off those few final pounds.
LEAN stands for Leadership, Exercise, Activity and Nutrition and is open to anyone 18 and over who is not pregnant or has special health issues that would prevent dieting and weight loss as being safe.
The challenge is for ten weeks starting on September 25th and running through December 4th. Only 250 teams of 4 to 6 people will be accepted and a week before the competition begins there are only 50 team spots left.
If you want to join, but don’t have a team and can’t get anyone to join you, there are several open teams on-line that still have spaces available, but once you are on a team, you have to stick with it or the entire team will be disqualified if you drop out.
Participants can win prizes for the most weight lost, the most fitness gained, and have access to a number of free nutritional programs, workouts and physical activity events planned throughout the city.
If you would like to become part of a team or start your own, you can find more information at: https://cernerhealthwins.com/competitions/lean-community-challenge/resources
Weigh-ins start on September 15th, so don’t wait too long to form or join a team as the competition starts shortly. Remember it is a free program, but you need to have access to a computer and have an e-mail account to participate.
It is a great way to get friends and family more active and since your team’s success depends on you, there is less likelihood you will back out or give up.
The only bad thing about having to wait for the challenge to begin is that everyone we spoke with was ready to start losing weight and getting fitter right NOW, but since the challenge is based on percentage weight lost from time of weigh in, it was tempting to actually pack on MORE pounds so the weight loss would seem more dramatic!
Cerner Health says that the goal is not so much to drop pounds, but to form healthy lifestyle habits that will stick with you for life and improve your health while making you less of a liability on society with increased health risks and awards will be given for percentage of weight lost, not so much pounds, so if you weigh 150 pounds and only lose 8 pounds, you will score higher than someone who weighs 300 pound and drops ten of them.
The final fitness fanatics will compete in the Savannah River Bridge Run and be treated to a closing ceremony party in Forsyth Park to celebrate, so what are you waiting for Savannah - join the LEAN team today and get fit for life!