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Weight loss challenge offers $750 grand prize
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There’s still plenty of time to earn up to $750 for losing weight.

The Southern Standard is sponsoring a weight loss challenge and offering prizes of $750 and $250 to the winners. The contest is being held in conjunction with USA Gym on South Chancery Street and our sister newspaper, Smithville Review.

Weigh-ins are currently under way and continue for three more days until Friday, Jan. 25. Participants must weigh in by Friday at 5 p.m. to be eligible to win.

Weigh-ins are taking place at the Standard office at 105 College Street, or at USA Gym at 1014 South Chancery Street. For those who weigh in at USA Gym, it’s an opportune time to join the gym to help reach your weight loss goals.

“We realize losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution, if not the most popular resolution,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “If anyone is looking for a little extra motivation, we think $750 is a pretty good incentive to lose a few pounds. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you can still benefit by feeling better about yourself.”

The $750 grand prize will be awarded to the person who loses the most overall weight. The $250 prize will be awarded to the person who loses the greatest percentage of their body weight. The two prizes won’t go to the same person.

“At USA Gym, we’re dedicated to helping people reach all their fitness goals,” said owner Leland Northcutt. “We hope a bunch of people sign up for this contest and work to improve their health.”

To make working out affordable, USA Gym is offering a three-month membership special for $119.

Participants will have a full three months to lose weight. The final weigh-ins will be April 22-29.

“We hope this will put people on a path to better health,” said Northcutt. “It’s important to remember this shouldn’t be viewed as a temporary diet, but rather a lifestyle change. It does little good to lose 30 pounds by exercising and making better food choices, only to gain it all back by returning to bad habits after three months.”

For more information, contact the Standard at 473-2191. The contest is being held to coincide with the Standard’s annual special section called “A Better You.” The section is scheduled to be published Jan. 30.