Community-Wide Weight Loss Competition
Start the new year off with a bang by organizing a community-wide weight loss competition with your residents. Contestants can “buy in” for $10, and the person who loses the largest percentage of their body weight over the course of the contest wins the cash prize (all of the money used to “buy in” to the competition). You can also choose to offer additional prizes, including free rent, free apartment cleaning, or donated items from local vendors.
The kick-off party for this competition can include a healthy cooking demonstration (call your local hospital and ask a dietician to come as a guest speaker), an official weigh-in, and healthy snacks. Throughout the spring, host regular weigh-ins and post the information in a central location.
You will need to determine the length of time for your weight loss competition. You could do it anywhere from three to six months, depending on your residents.
Additional ideas for the New Year – New You Competition:
- Ask a local gym to send a personal trainer to teach classes on how to use the weights in your complex’s gym in exchange for promoting their own gym memberships and personal training services.
- Ask a local chef (or resident with a flair for healthy cooking) to hold healthy cooking demonstrations – focus on one food group per session, such as healthy snacks, healthy breakfasts, or meals on the go for busy families.
- Partner with a local restaurant and ask them to host you and show your guests how to make healthy choices from their menu. Encourage the restaurant to provide a discount off the price of each guest’s dinner in exchange for you bringing a group to their establishment.
- Watch The Biggest Loser or Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition as a group to help inspire you to continue on the path of healthy living.
- Include websites that offer weight loss hints, calorie tracking, or healthy recipes in your monthly communications to residents.
- Train together for a local 5K. This website offers a “couch to 5K” training plan that is ideal for beginner runners.
Download Printable Weight-In Chart
- Print the New Year Weigh-In Chart at your local Office Depot or Kinko’s, and post it in a high-traffic area of your complex. Use a different poster for each weigh-in. Never post or announce a individual’s actual weight – only post the percentage of weight lost, or total pounds lost by everyone in the competition.
- www.myfitnesspal.com - This is an online tool for tracking calories consumed and burned each day. Users can “friend” others, so your residents can choose to join with others in the competition and encourage each other on this site. This site also offers a free app for your smart phone.
Event Type: Party, Program, Competition, Health
Target Group: Misc. Adults/Seniors/Single Adults/Women/Men
Seasonal: New Year, Holiday
Event Scope: Breadth
Have you done an event like this in the past? If so, share your best practices with us in the comments section.