Registration for the third annual Bendigo’s Biggest Winner health challenge opens next Wednesday.
For 12 weeks, several local organisations have teamed up to support members of the community to lose weight and become fitter.
Last year a record 200 people took part, including 13 workplace entries of between three and 25 staff, where groups of staff worked together with the support of their employers to improve their health.
An added bonus is a first prize of $1000 for the person with the biggest percentage weight loss, as well as prizes for most centimetres lost, most improved blood pressure and most successful workplaces.
“While not everyone does this for the prizes on offer, it’s an added incentive to keep on track for the 12 weeks,” St John of God Hospital Marketing manager Bronwyn Wheatley said.
“We are also fundraising for the Heart Foundation, with all proceeds from the event going to them.”
Ms Wheatley said this year there were some subtle changes to the event.
“The registration fee this year is $100, but participants will get back $50 cash when they weight out after the 12 weeks, whatever their personal results,” she said.
“This year we urge employers to consider investing $50 in their staff who want to participate, matching the staff members’ $50 entry, allowing the staff member to get back their own $50 at the end.
“This cash back is an added incentive for people to stick with it for the whole 12 weeks, and hopefully setting new healthy habits.”
Local organisations, including the Bendigo Weekly, have again come on board as supporters.
“UFS Pharmacy View St, Lifestyle Fitness and others have teamed up to help you get healthier for summer – and for life,” Ms Wheatley said.
“The starter pack everyone receives has plenty of things to help you, including free gym membership for three months, access to the hospital’s gym and hydrotherapy pool, motivational speaker sessions, a pedometer, and discount vouchers.
“We are taking the first 250 entries this year – it is growing each year.
“Weigh-ins open on August 27 and close September 7, or when 250 people are registered.
“I urge people to download a registration form, or pick one up from UFS Pharmacy View St or Lifestyle Fitness, and book their weigh-in timeslot at the pharmacy soon.”Registration forms and more details are at www.sjog.org.au/bendigo and then go to the Events page. You can also phone Ms Wheatley on 5434 3255.