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Chamber invites community to participate in health challenge

What Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce officials are describing as “an exciting, national wellness initiative” is coming to Unicoi County.
Executive Director Amanda Delp said The Biggest Loser Community Challenge will begin on Feb. 1. The Chamber has partnered with NBC and The Biggest Loser to bring the challenge to the county.
“Teams of four are invited to join this 8-week, online health and wellness community challenge,” Delp said. “The challenge is for people of all fitness levels and is designed to get the community moving, eating better and having fun.”
Businesses are encouraged to register teams of employees to represent their company in the challenge, Delp said, but it is not limited to businesses. Friend groups, church groups and civic groups, etc., are also invited to participate. The cost is $100 for a team of four.
“The Chamber realizes the importance of a healthy workforce and community,” Delp said. “With rising healthcare costs, preventative care is crucial. One of the Chamber’s goals for this challenge is to help companies reduce their healthcare costs by offering extra tools and providing incentives to their workers to encourage healthy lifestyles.”
Past contestants of The Biggest Loser will guide teams through eight weekly challenges, Delp said. Challengers will also receive weekly motivation and nutrition tips from trainer Dolvett Quince.
The challenge combines video rich content, cutting edge interactive tools, celebrity motivation, and exciting prizes to engage participants in fun and healthy activities, Delp said.
Participants will earn points for each minute of activity they engage in, as well as additional points for completing weekly tasks and logging additional challenge activities designed to improve nutrition and overall wellness. According to Delp, each participant will have access to their own private wellness account and mobile app., where they will journal challenge activities, access weekly health guidance and keep their eye on friends and competitors on live leaderboards.
Prize drawings will be made each week. More than 10,000 prizes will be won across the country.
“In addition to weekly prizes, motivation and interactive health tools offered by The Biggest Loser Challenge, the Chamber will offer additional incentives to registered participants such as healthy cooking classes, exercise tutorials and coordinated recreational opportunities,” Delp said.
For more information about The Biggest Loser Community Challenge and related events, call the Chamber at 743-3000.
More information, online registration and key dates can also be found online at www.biggestlosercommunity.com.