Through an application process, 12 individuals will be selected to participate in the YMCA Healthy Living Challenge. All chosen participants of the free, 16-week program will have access to the YMCA facilities and programs. The individuals will also work directly with a health coach who will keep them on the right track throughout the entire program.
"The hope -- from our end -- is that everybody who participates in it comes out with a change in their lifestyle," said Jeff Partridge, executive director of the YMCA.
In addition to becoming healthier, the program offers other prizes. The winner of the Challenge, which is the person who loses the largest percentage of weight during the 16 weeks, will receive $1,000 in cash. Also, all contestants who complete the program will receive an additional eight-month YMCA membership valued at $260.
Applications, which can be downloaded from the Y's website or picked up at the Y, ask for contact information, a brief health history and why the individual should be selected for the opportunity.
Partridge said the committee who will choose the 12 want applicants to be truthful but also to speak straight from their hearts.
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