Oak Hill Hospital
December 27, 2016

Spring Hill, FL - Prize packages are now announced for the ten week Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge to be held from Saturday, January 14 through Saturday, March 25, 2017. Included in the prize package are:

  • Most creative name for a team - all 10 members of the team receive a $25 gift card.
  • Most weight loss by a team - all members of the team receive a $50 gift card.
  • Second Place - all members of the team receive a $25 gift card.
  • Third Place - all members of the team receive a $10 gift card.
  • Person losing the most weight will receive a $500 gift card. This must be verified by the team captain.

In addition, medals, trophies, and t-shirts will be handed out to winning teams and individuals at the celebration party scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Everyone in Hernando County is invited to join the challenge as we each commit to losing 10 pounds within the 10 week period from January 14 through March 25.

The Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge is a grass roots initiative and is a result of community recommendations in the 2016 community health needs assessments. The goal is to generate significant community engagement in a program designed to focus on healthier weights for area residents. The cost for an individual to participate is $10. Teams are forming among friends, churches, worksites, fitness studios, and various clubs and activities throughout the county. Over 30 teams have already been formed including teams at Oak Hill Hospital and its volunteer organizations, Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, Hernando County Government, Hernando County School District, City of Brooksville, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, United Way of Hernando County, GIME Fitness, Department of Health, Bayfront Health System, Head Start and many, many more.

The public is invited to attend the kick-off celebration on Saturday, January 14 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center at The Quarry, 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard. The initial registration, weigh-in and team assignments (if you are not already on a team) will take place at that event and local fitness professionals and service providers will be on hand to offer assistance in your weight loss journey. The celebration party is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017.

For more information, go to the Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Great-Hernando-Weight-Loss-Challenge-340558442988454/. Like our page to receive frequent updates on what to expect at the Kick-off event plus health information articles, recipes, videos and tips.

For more information on the Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge contact Rich Linkul at 352-597-6383 or Richard.Linkul@HCAHealthcare.com or Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817 or Ann-Gayl.Ellis@FLHealth.gov.

Health professionals who wish to participate as vendors in the kick-off event should contact Desiree Fratianni at (352) 540-3835 or DFratianni@CityofBrooksville.us.