“We hope to have as many people as possible sign up for their health, and to show how healthy East Texas can become,” said Terrence Ates, healthy living project coordinator for the North East Texas Public Health District.
Lighten Up East Texas is a branch of the Fit City Tyler initiative, which challenged individuals across East Texas to lose 5 percent of their body weight in six months.
So far, more than 3,000 East Texans have registered and weighed in to join the weight-loss initiative.
Anyone successful in losing the required weight will be entered to win an array of prizes, including a 2013 Dodge Dart from Allen Samuels’ Dodge, a $5,000 travel package from Travel Masters, $4,000 worth of Brookshire’s gift cards and other prizes, Ates said.
“It’s a drawing,” Ates said. “Anyone who loses 5 percent can win, and everyone has an equal chance.”
The list of official weigh-in locations can be found at www.lightenupeasttexas.com.
The contest is more than halfway over, but Ates said there still is time to safely lose the qualifying weight.
“Someone who weighs 200 pounds would have to lose 10 pounds in two months, which is doable. That’s a pound and a half each week.”
The winners will be announced May 18 at Rose Stadium, Ates said. The initiative is a combined effort from local hospitals, the health department, the city of Tyler, the Tyler Morning Telegraph and health professionals.