Thomasville Times Enterprise


January 2, 2014


THOMASVILLE — Now that the holidays are coming to an end, people are making New Year’s resolutions and the top resolution most people try to keep is losing weight and getting in shape.

This year will mark the seventh annual community Team Lean program sponsored by the Thomasville YMCA, Nature’s Own, Archbold Medical Center, Chick-fil-a, Barberitos and the Thomasville Times-Enterprise. The kick-off will be Saturday, January 4, at the Butler Mason YMCA. There will be weigh-ins, registration and the first health screenings for participants.

Since 2008, more than $100,000 in cash payouts have been awarded to the top finishers. Collectively, more than 75,000 pounds have been shed.

Tom Everett, Thomasville YMCA CEO, said, “Being part of a team-based program is a proven way to help meet their weight-loss goals. There is support and accountability every step of the way. The cash prizes certainly sweeten the deal, too.”

Team Lean is a proven program to help people lose weight. The team concept provides accountability and motivation to work hard to achieve results, both for individuals and teams.

Cash prizes provide that extra incentive to reward the teams and individuals that have the most success. Participants are allowed to decide what exercise and nutrition program is best for them.

It is not only the sponsors who are rallying behind the program, but also businesses and restaurants to make it more convenient for the participants.

“Team Lean is truly a community effort. Local restaurants support the program by offering healthy menu items. Local businesses provide support through sponsorships. Many of our schools serve as weigh-in sites to make it convenient for teachers to participate. It’s great to see how the community rallies behind the program,” said Everett.

The YMCA supports Team Leaners through free exercise classes and nutrition education. Team Lean participants can enter as an individual or as part of a team. Teams must consist of at least four, but no more than five members.

Every Thursday from January to March, participants weigh in at official Team Lean weigh-in sites around the community, including Grady County and Mitchell County.

Weekly cash prizes are awarded based on highest percentage of weight lost for three categories: top male, top female and top team. Those that complete the 10-week challenge and lost the highest percentage of weight will be eligible for cash prizes.

Also, a new wrinkle is being planned for this year’s competition. Archbold Medical Center will offer free health screenings at the first and last weigh-ins. The Team Leaners with the largest decrease in their cholesterol levels will be eligible for a $500 cash prize. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female participants.

In order to be eligible for the cash prize, participants must come to the kick-off on Saturday to be weighed and have cholesterol levels checked.

“Archbold will be offering all Team Lean participants a free health screen including a lipid profile as well as a glucose and blood pressure check,” said Todd Bennett, clinical outreach manager for Archbold Memorial Hospital. “And in addition to the YMCA prize for weight loss, Archbold will award a cash prize for the top male and female with the highest percentage reduction in total cholesterol.”

Bennett added, “Early detection of disease associated with obesity and education to help create better awareness of the effects of obesity are some of the things we can do to help fight obesity in the communities we serve.”

Archbold Memorial Hospital’s highest clinical outreach priority is fighting obesity, according to Mark Lowe, assistance vice president of marketing at Archbold. Obesity is associated with heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, vascular disease, COPD, sleep disorders, arthritis, chronic back and joint pain as well as other health problems.

Lowe said, “Losing weight can lower your risks for these diseases. It’s important to remember losing weight isn’t just about what you see on the outside. It’s about the changes inside of you that lower you risk for disease.”


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