Weigh-ins Jan. 23-25, in Madras, Warm Springs

Movin’ Mountains is back on again.

The Jefferson County Health Department has stepped up as the organizing sponsor for the countywide weight-loss, health-improvement event. The department is working with the two primary creators of the program – Beth Ann Beamer and Carolyn Harvey – to again manage the event.

Movin’ Mountains, which is entering its fifth year this January, had initially been canceled following the elimination of Beamer’s job at St. Charles Madras hospital in late December. The health department, which had long been a financial backer of the event, determined it would take a larger role to ensure the popular program would continue.

The weigh-in for 2014 will be at the Jefferson County Public Health Department Community Education Room from Jan. 23 through 25 (Thursday through Saturday). The Warm Springs Wellness Program will manage the program for tribal residents, and will hold weigh-ins in Warm Springs on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23-24, at the Wellness Center.

The program, which includes many free and/or discounted programs for participants ranging from exercise classes to educational programs, ends with weigh-ins May 22 through 24.

Movin’ Mountains entries will remain $25 per person, and divisions will include, like last year, men’s and women’s individual competitions, men’s and women’s teams of four, and two-person mixed teams. Last year, 328 people took part.

County Health Director Tom Machala was meeting with Beamer and Harvey, and others, to work out various details. It’s expected that essence of the competition – judging on a percentage of weight lost and inches from the waist and hips – will remain the same as it has been. Before its temporary cancelation, organizers were considering paying a stipend to all participant who lost a specific percentage of weight, and keeping the top payouts under the $600 levels, which mandates a 1099 tax form be filled out.

Organizers were meeting Tuesday morning and additional and final details weren’t available at press time. Check out and next week’s Pioneer for updates.

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