According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the number of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions is 41 percent. Of this total, over 21 percent make a resolution to lose weight or live a more healthier lifestyle. The City of Hazelwood’s Parks & Recreation Division is helping local residents make their resolutions come true by offering a 12-week The Biggest Loser Program from Feb. 1 to April 25. All participants are invited to attend a kick-off meeting on Tues., Jan. 30, at the Hazelwood Community Center, starting at 7 p.m.
Registration for this program is open to residents as well as non-residents. Fees are $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Weigh-in dates are set for Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Mar. 20, April 3 and April 17. All weigh-in results will be tracked by Parks and Recreation staff.
“This fitness program is mostly self-driven, meaning it’s up to the participants to motivate themselves. But we’re planning to do some things different for this year’s program to make it more fun and keep everyone motivated,” Hazelwood Recreation Supervisor Greg Viehman said. “We plan to add several gatherings during each week where participants can meet to talk and workout together at several exercise stations. It’s a great way to bring folks together and form a support group to help each other make it through the program.”
Viehman goes on to say that one of the biggest advantages for people participating in Hazelwood’s 12-week fitness program is the fact that they have unlimited use of the fitness areas at both the Community Center and Civic Center East. “Both facilities provide similar workout equipment that you would find in all the top-ranked fitness clubs. Last year, we installed 14 new workout machines at Civic Center East. Several of them feature video touch screens which monitor speed, distance, time and body’s pulse/heart rate,” Viehman added.
Other program benefits include the following:
- 20% discount off any fitness programs which begin between Feb. and April
- Current Hazelwood Premier Pass members receive a 3-month extension on their current membership
- Everyone who loses 20 pounds receive $5 in Recreation Bucks
- Free to 2017 contestants who weight the same or less than their final weigh-in total last year.
One male and one female who end up losing the most pounds over the 12-week period are chosen as program winners. Each of them are awarded an Individual Premier Pass and a 2018 White Birch Bay Aquatic Center Individual Season Pass.
For more information, contact Hazelwood Recreation Supervisor Greg Viehman at (314) 731-0980.