Online registration for teams is encouraged by mid-October, coalition members said. After the initial weigh-in on Nov. 3, other weigh-ins will happen across East Texas counties on Nov. 9 and 16. These counties include Smith, Gregg, Wood, Van Zandt, Cherokee, Henderson, Rusk, Anderson, Upshur and Camp.
The final weigh-ins will be April 19, April 26 and May 4. The celebration event, in which winners of the drawings can receive significant prizes, will take place May 18. Participants must be at least 18.
The city of Tyler will create a weight tracker where people to log in with a password on a landing page for Lighten Up East Texas.
Fit City coalition members structured the contest to help people create sustainable ways to lose weight, which is why it will occur over a long period of time and uses weight percentage instead of actual pounds lost. That concept also has been the mission of Fit City.
The goals of 5-2-1-0 are for children to get five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary beverages daily. That program has rolled out to Tyler and Whitehouse ISD schools.
Key strategies of the program include limiting unhealthy choices, limiting recreational screen time, promoting water and low-fat milk over sweetened beverages and giving nonfood rewards.
For more information, follow @FitCityTyler on Twitter and look for the Fit City Challenge on Facebook for updates on the challenge as well as other health information.