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Centegra offers weight-loss challenge

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System’s popular Break Your Boundaries contest will return this year for regional businesses, community members and Centegra associates.

This eight-week weight-loss challenge combines nutrition, exercise and behavior modification as a means to achieve a healthy lifestyle and weight-loss goals.

The challenge runs from January through April.

“Break Your Boundaries provides participants the perfect way to kick-start better health habits,” Celine Pope, wellness manager with Centegra Health System, said in a news release. “Friendly competition pushes people to work even harder to accomplish their weight-loss goals.”

Local employers, Centegra Health System associates, spouses, significant others and community members may participate in many ways.

The first is through an employer who offers Break Your Boundaries as a supplement to an employee wellness program or as a health benefit.

Centegra Health System wellness specialists will go to local companies to weigh in employees, provide materials and motivate employees.

Wellness specialists provide tools to keep employees focused on weight loss. Employees will compete against workers from different companies.

A second level challenges Centegra associates in their own Break Your Boundaries competition. Hospital and Centegra Physician Care associates will challenge each other by competing in teams or as individuals.

The final level is for community members or Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center members who want to compete against other community residents for prizes. Community residents and Health Bridge members may register at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center locations in Crystal Lake and Huntley.

Participation in the program can be as an individual or a team of four.

There is a two men limit per team. Winnings are determined by an accumulated score of percentage of weight lost, inches lost, exercise points, food log points and education points.

Prizes include $1,000 for the first-place man and woman, $500 for the second-place man and woman, and $250 for the third-place man and woman.

The first-place team will receive $200 a person, the second-place team will receive $150 a person, and the third-place team will receive $100 a person. Prizes are subject to tax.

To register for the program through an employer, contact the Centegra Health System worksite wellness department at 815-788-2256.

Community and Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center participants may register by calling 815-444-2900.

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