The free annual weight loss challenge is back for a sixth year, offering new feature
Registration is now open for this year’s 10-Pound Throwdown weight loss challenge.
Coming off a record-smashing year that saw more than 6,200 participants lose more than 14,300 pounds, the challenge is back to encourage area adults to make small steps toward big changes in their health.
The 10-Pound Throwdown is a free, 10-week online challenge for adults across southcentral Pennsylvania, who are interested in incorporating healthy habits such as healthy eating and physical activity into their routines. The challenge is designed to help individual participants and teams of families, friends or co-workers lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
WellSpan Health began the initiative in 2013 in response to a Community Health Needs Assessment, which indicated that high percentages of York and Adams county residents were overweight or obese. WellSpan has since expanded the 10-Pound Throwdown to a regional challenge with new and interactive features for participants.
Now in its sixth year, the 10-Pound Throwdown offers participants online access to weekly healthy living tips, tracking tools, progress charts and a list of local community resources. Team captains also have access to a variety of online tips and tools for keeping team members engaged.
This year, the challenge will feature new mystery bonus badges for participants. The mystery badges will supplement existing weekly mini-challenges where participants can earn a virtual badge for reaching weekly health goals. Each week, a new goal will be shared that will encourage participants to adopt new healthy living habits.
“We are proud of this new addition to the 10-Pound Throwdown,” said Stephanie Voight, chair of the 10-Pound Throwdown Committee and supervisor of community health development and evaluation for WellSpan. “The new bonus badges are a direct result of participant feedback. People want to track their progress, and we believe this new feature will engage this year’s participants not only to safely shed a few pounds, but also focus on their overall health and wellbeing.”
The 10-Pound Throwdown challenge officially begins March 12. Registration remains open through the end of the challenge. New participants can join at any time and engage in the online activities.
Weekly and grand prizes are available for those who participate for seven or more weeks of the challenge. The team and employer with the largest percent weight loss also receive a prize.
For more information and to register, visit www.10poundthrowdown.com.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.