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Movin’ Mountains weigh-ins are just around the corner.

The Jefferson County Health Department is the organizing sponsor for the countywide weight-loss, health-improvement event in 2014. The department is working with the two primary creators of the program – Beth Ann Beamer and Carolyn Harvey – to again manage the event.

The weigh-in will be at the Jefferson County Public Health Department Community Education Room from Jan. 23 through 25 (Thursday through Saturday), from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. on 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, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.

One element that is new this year is that people who want to participate in both individual and team competitions must pay separate entry fees of $25. Participants can compete in up to two events.

The 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.

To create more winners, individual male and female competitions will have weight classes, to be determined after weigh-ins. Organizers plan to have essentially the same number of people in each class, so the classifications will not be determined until weigh-ins.

Call the Public Health Department at 541-475-4456 for further details.

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