The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 23, 2013

Carthage residents fight Battle of Bulge with YMCA initiative

By Ryan Richardson

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The second annual battle of the bulge is now being fought by Carthage residents.

The Fair Acres Family YMCA is promoting healthy lifestyle changes and weight loss with a competition that kicked off Jan. 13, said membership and fitness director Tericia Mixon.

The Battle of the Bulge is a 12-week long competition designed to help residents improve their health  through diet and exercise, Mixon said. Each week, team members weigh in and have their loss calculated to see which team has lost the highest percentage of weight.

Mixon said, “The program is short, but if we can promote that change in people to live a healthier life and to follow through on their goals, then we are doing well.”

Nancy White, Jasper, joined the program on Wednesday after learning about it through her senior athletic class at the YMCA. Even though she has to drive 15 miles three times a week to workout in Carthage, she said the lifestyle change is one that she is looking forward to.

“The other class members got me into this and I think that it is a wonderful idea,” White said. “It’s really easy to slide into poor health the older you get and in my age it can complicate health issues quickly. I want to make a change in my life to be healthy and I feel that this program can help me do that.”

After her first weigh in Wednesday, she joined other team members in discussing workout techniques during the competition.

“I think a lot of this is going to be motivation,” White said, “motivation for a better quality of life.”

This year’s competition includes personalized training time and an expanded food journaling program in addition to monthly prizes, support tips and motivational strategies to help participants finish the program.

“We had a lot of feedback from last year’s program and a strong demand to bring it back,” Mixon said. “We wanted to make sure that people were encouraged to compete and go above and beyond the competition aspect. I am confident that this year’s program will grow above last year’s numbers and hopefully it becomes an annual thing for us.”

More than 115 people participated in last year’s challenge

Even though the kickoff date has passed, Mixon said that the YMCA is still accepting teams for the current  competition.

“We are encouraging any people who are still on the fence to come in this week or next week so that they can keep up with the program,” Mixon said. “There are still teams to put together and we can get you weighed in and on a team so that you can compete.”

The Battle of the Bulge is free for current Fair Acres Family YMCA members and $130 for non-members, but that includes a three-month membership. For more information, contact Tericia Mixon at 417-358-1070.