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Biggest Losers ... Bureau County-style

PRINCETON — Forty-two area residents are competing against each other in teams of six in a weight-loss program sponsored by the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton.

Program coordinator Beth Weger said the new program is similar to the Thin to Win program co-sponsored for several years by the Metro Center and the Bureau County Republican. The new program is a bit more informal with team captains being responsible for the weekly weigh-ins, and team members being responsible for their own fitness programs and routines. The new program was developed after the Metro Center had received requests from the public through Facebook for a Thin-to-Win type program, Weger said.

This year’s teams are made up of husbands and wives, co-workers, cousins and friends, a wedding party, and a church group, Weger said. Names for this year’s teams are Bunch of Losers, Mission Slim-Possible, In It to Win It, Faithful Losers, Centrue Cares (sponsored by Centrue Bank), the Douglas School team, and Colonial’s Classy Chicks (employees of Colonial Hall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center).

Weger said each team paid an entry fee to participate in the weight loss program, which began Dec. 1. Each team member has received free access to the Metro Center and free classes during the 12-week program.

The entry fee money has been channeled back into the final winning prizes, which includes $600 for first place, $450 for second place and $300 for third place. Top teams are determined by the greatest percentage of weigh loss for each team. The initial weigh-ins and the final weigh-ins are done by Weger.

The goal of this year’s program is simply to help people develop healthier lifestyles, Weger said.

“The most rewarding thing, as in the past, is seeing people taking control of their lives and their health,” Weger said. “For me, it’s so rewarding to see people, who were in the past programs, still continuing to come to the Metro Center to work out and still taking control of their health.”

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