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Team Lean weight loss challenge begins at Family Y

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 6:33 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 2:28 AM
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Ginette Williams has a simple strategy for success in the Team Lean weight-loss competition at the Family Y of Greater Augusta, which kicked off Monday.

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Mike Ingle takes Khatia Felton's measurements during the 2014 Get Lean registration and sign-up at the Wilson Family Y off Wheeler Road on Monday.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Mike Ingle takes Khatia Felton's measurements during the 2014 Get Lean registration and sign-up at the Wilson Family Y off Wheeler Road on Monday.

“She’s going to tell me what I can eat and what I cannot eat,” she said, looking at co-worker Laraine Fraijo, who laughed. “And motivate me to work out. She’s the athletic one.”

They are competing as part of the four-person Team GALA (it’s their four first initials) and will be able to keep an eye on each other because they work at Child Enrichment child advocacy center.

“It’s nice we’re all in the same office,” Fraijo said.

In its seventh year, Team Lean at the Family Y of Greater Augusta has seen big results: About 7,500 participants collectively have lost nearly 75,000 pounds, Community Relations Director Millie Huff said.

“We’ve really made some strides making our community healthier,” she said.

Individuals or teams, churches or schools can compete for cash prizes as part of the 12-week competition, Huff said. About 20 corporations also are competing against one another for the championship cup, which stays with the winner all year, she said. Chasity Miles and Khatia Felton are part of the ADP team of about 30 so far, they said, The company is trying to motivate them during the competition, Miles said.

“They’re actually going to do their own kickoff and their own rewards,” she said. Her goals are pretty simple because she is already working out.

“I just want to tone up and have, like, no fat,” she said, laughing.

The Family Y tries to help competitors by holding weekly health presentations by registered dietitians and fitness experts, Huff said.

“We try to give folks tools through Team Lean that help them be successful for more than just the 12 weeks of competition,” she said.

That fits perfectly with Felton, who said she is planning to go to the presentations and learn from the experts.

“I want to lose weight and learn just how to eat healthier,” she said. “To make it a lifestyle instead of just gaining and losing.”

Want to join the team?

The Team Lean competition at the Family Y of Greater Augusta kicked off Monday and is open to those ages 14 and up. You can compete individually, in teams of four to five, as a church or school, or as a company. The 12-week competition features weekly weigh-ins, free weekly healthy-living presentations and community events. The deadline to sign up is Friday. For more information, call (706) 840-5556.


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