- Written by Wiley Henry
The hundreds of Mid-Southerners participating in the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition have just a few more days to work off a little more weight before the winners are announced on June 17 at the 19th Annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in historic Douglass Park.
The church that has the greatest percentage of weight loss will win a $5,000 gift certificate to a sporting goods store and nutritional counseling. The individual who loses the most weight will receive a $500 gift certificate to a sporting goods store as well.
But before the big announcement, the participants from nearly 50 churches will be required to weigh-in for the last time Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Church Wellness Center, 1115 Union Ave. To date, more than 1,700 pounds have been lost collectively.
The weight-loss competition encourages participants to exercise and eat a well-balanced diet to lose the unwanted pounds and stay healthy. A healthy mind, body and soul were determinants that prompted BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to take the lead in resolving many of the health challenges of the day.
The health care company is also encouraging the Healthy Church Challenge participants and the general public to attend the Obesity Summit on Saturday, June 16, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Summit is free and open to the public. The purpose is to educate participants, disseminate health information and encourage participants to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle both spiritually and physically.
Rosalind Kurita, policy advisor to the Tennessee Department of Health, and Donna Richardson Joyner, an internationally renowned fitness expert, will be the keynote speakers for the Summit. Joyner will work out with participants briefly following her address.
Along with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the Challenge is sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care, News Channel 3, Hallelujah 95.7 FM, The New Tri-State Defender, and the Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival.
For more information, call 901-278-0881 or visit Facebook.com/The Healthy Church Challenge.