Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 15, 2014
Citizen interest in new weight-loss contest prompts deadline extension

Interest in Live Fit’s upcoming Fit to Win weight loss competition has far exceeded expectations, prompting the coalition to extend registration and to host an additional orientation meeting this week.

The competition already has 95 registered contestants, said Malaena Toohey, chairwoman for the Live Fit Tooele County coalition.

Residents who enter the contest will have 12 weeks to shed as much body fat as possible before a final “weigh-in” and award ceremony at Tooele City’s annual Fourth of July celebration.

“We’ve had such energy and enthusiasm throughout the community,” Toohey said, that the coalition decided it was necessary to host an additional orientation meeting to accommodate everyone who wanted to participate.

All participants who have not yet attended an orientation meeting are asked to attend the final meeting, which will be held at the Tooele County Health Department this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Any others who have registered for the contest may also attend.

Because this contest is the first of its kind for Live Fit, the coalition has partnered with Marianne Heder’s Wellness Boot Camp 4 You, which will provide online meal and workout plans, printable gym workouts, and monthly in-person fitness classes for the contestants. To help cover the cost of the boot camp program, registration includes a $50 entry fee.

The contest is open to all Tooele County residents who are 18 years old or older. Although the contest itself is geared toward weight loss, Toohey pointed out that anyone — even those who haven’t made weight loss a goal — is welcome to register and use the program to build their own personal fitness.

The Fit to Win program has already attracted a variety of participants, including the health department’s own director, Myron Bateman.

Bateman said he signed up not only because he wanted to set an example for his staff, but also because he hopes to lose some extra weight that has impacted his recovery from back surgery.

Though the contest does feature cash prizes for the participants who loses the most body fat, he said he entered more in hope of accountability and camaraderie.

“It’s easier to do things as a team,” he said. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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