Story and photo by Walt Johnson
Fort Carson, a post that has a renowned history of winners on the battlefield and in the community, is looking for a few good losers.
The Mountain Post’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor a “Burn off the Wait” team weight loss challenge program that is designed to help patrons lose pounds and win better health, according to Amber Zurita, Forrest Fitness Center manager.
The deadline to sign a team up for the program is Friday, and people may sign up their team at any of the post’s fitness facilities. The program is a 12-week weight loss and wellness competition with a team emphasis on losing weight and learning and implementing a proper diet and exercise lifestyle. Zurita said the program was request by the community and the desire of the directorate to meet the fitness needs of military members and their Families.
“We are always looking for ways to help the people here who want to get in shape of stay in shape with innovative and exciting fitness programs. This is not just something we thought to do arbitrarily. We did surveys with the people of the post and it was their wish that we have this type of program. We think this is an exciting new twist to fitness and something the people on post will like,” Zurita said.
The program begins Wednesday with the first weigh-in for the team members. The team members will be weighed again over the course of the 12-week competition. Not only are teams battling for bragging rights, teams will also be trying to win cash prizes and avoid paying penalties for not losing weight.
To begin, each team will be asked to submit a $20 per team member fee, which will be used to pay the winning team after the event. To keep everyone motivated there will be a $2 fee for people who gain weight or drop out of the contest before the Sept. 16 conclusion. At the conclusion of the event there will be cash prizes for the winning teams that will be split up evenly among the active members of the team. There will also be weekly average team weight loss numbers posted at the post fitness centers so people can monitor the teams’ progress.
“We have exceeded the expectations we had for this program and we are very excited to be getting this competition under way. We think it will be something the post community will embrace and that people will be glad to lose (weight) to win,” Zurita said.