Hundreds sign up for Wellness Challenge

Published 8:13 am Thursday, February 16, 2017

More than 200 people signed up for the Clark County Activity Coalition’s Wellness Challenge Wednesday.

Signs ups for the challenge, which has had 250-350 participants in recent years, took place at one of four weigh-in locations.

Cost for participation is $10, which includes access to a wide variety of free classes and resources.

Throughout the 12-week challenge participants will weigh-in every Wednesday at their original sign-up location. Locations include Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation, YMCA of Winchester, Clark Clinic Medical Plaza Center for Rehabilitation or the Clark County Health Department.

The final day for sign-ups will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the same weigh-in locations.

Participation is open to anyone 12 years or older, and is not limited to Clark County residents, said Deborah Jackson, Activity Coalition member and programming and marketing director for Winchester-Clark County Parks and Recreation.

Those interested in taking part in the challenge can sign up next Wednesday at the same locations.

“We have a lot of people who come from surrounding communities to find wellness opportunities in Clark County,” Jackson said. “So, this challenge is really open to anyone who wants to participate.”

Jackson said putting the challenge on requires a lot of community investment, with about 20 different agencies, businesses and organizations offering something for participants.

“We have many participation organizations,” Jackson said. “From restaurants, to health groups, fitness venues and doctors. That’s why it’s called the Clark County Wellness Challenge — there is county-wide support for the challenge.”

Jackson said examples of things included in the challenge are free access to particular group fitness classes at College Park gym, free classes at The OM Place, CrossFit Strode Station, Dance2Fit and The Barre: A Fitness Boutique; discount punch cards at Grace Coffee Cafe and Bakery, Full Circle Market, Cairn Coffee House and Gaunce’s Deli and Cafe; classes on modifying exercise because of an injury, using journaling to boost wellness success, making smoothies, cooking for wellness and much more.

Jackson said the challenge fee gives full access to everything in the challenge booklet, which can be found on ccactivitycoalition.com/wellness-challenge. Additionally, challenge participants can sign up for $50 three-month membership for full access to the facility at College Park.

Challenge participants also get a discount on registration fees for the annual Run for the Paws 5K, which benefits the Clark County Animal Shelter.

Prizes will be given to the top three males and top three females based on percentage of body weight lost. Prizes include an annual membership to Parks and Rec, gift cards and activity trackers.

The final weigh in is May 10 and winners will be announced at the Clark Regional Medical Center 100th Anniversary celebration and health fair May 13. There will also be prize drawings for participants who are present at the finale.

To be eligible for prizes or to win the challenge, participants must weigh in at least nine times and participate in at least five classes.

Updates about classes and other information about the challenge will be posted on the Clark County Activity Coalition’s Facebook page.