ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - All Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison employees are invited to participate in the 13 week "Fall into Fitness" wellness challenge and weight loss competition.

Participation in this informal challenge is 100 percent voluntary. The last day to sign-up is Sept. 25

Participants will weigh in at garrison headquarters, Bldg. 305, every other Tuesday. To keep weight loss records confidential, participants will choose code names.

Lunch and Learn sessions featuring health and wellness discussions led by subject matter experts will also take place in the Main Conference Room on the same day as the weigh-ins. Attendees are invited to weigh-in before or after each session, or make arrangements to weigh-in at a different time on Tuesdays. The winners will receive donated prizes.

The Fall into Fitness challenge also includes an activity component. Participants are being asked to track the number of times they attend free fitness classes that are held in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities. The participant who attends the most classes will receive a prize as well.

"Those who do not wish to participate in the weight loss challenge can still participate in the activity component," said Health Promotion Officer Wendy LaRoche.

LaRoche said that a key to weight loss is having accountability partners. At the first Lunch and Learn session on Sept. 18, she encouraged participants to exercise in groups.

"Getting the right support when you're trying to lose weight is key to success," she said.

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin also attended the meeting and said that he fully supported weight loss challenges.

"A healthier workforce is a better workforce," he said.

After the meeting, attendees weighed in and Community Health Nurse Sue Singh, from Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic recorded participant's blood pressure. Cathy Whitten from the Directorate of Logistics said that she was excited to start the challenge.

"I look forward to sharing this challenge (of weight loss) with like-minded individuals," she said.

The next weigh-in and Lunch and Learn session will take place Oct. 2. For more information or to sign-up contact LaRoche at 410-417-2312, or e-mail wendy.laroche@us.army.mil.

Page last updated Fri September 28th, 2012 at 00:00