Weight-loss event kicks off with weigh-ins Jan. 17, in Warm Springs, and Jan. 18, in Madras.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Movin' Mountains Slimdown Challenge starts with weigh-ins Jan. 17 and 18.Ready to lose those extra holiday pounds ... or that matter, pounds that have stuck around for years? Then you should consider participating in the upcoming Movin' Mountains Slimdown Challenge.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the popular countywide weight-loss/health improvement program. The four-month contest runs from January to May. Entrants are encouraged to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle — all with the opportunity to win some cash.

Movin' Mountains includes various categories of competition, with the cash prize pools dependent on how many entrants are in each specific category. The competitive divisions include individual men and women, as well as two-man teams, two-woman teams, and two-person, mixed-gender teams. Participants must join as individuals, but can also join one team. People can only enter one team event.

The 2019 event will kick off with weigh-ins during the third week of January. Weigh-in and measurements will be taken at the Jefferson County Public Health Department, located at 715 SW Fourth St., on Friday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Warm Springs, weigh-ins and measurements will take place Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Indian Health Services Clinic, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To even the competition field, and to have more winners, two years ago, organizers established weight classes for the individual events for both genders. The weight classes are for the individual competitions only; team events will be full fields.

Judging combines percent of weight loss and waist circumference reduction. Theoretically, it's easier for a larger person to lose a larger percentage of weight or inches around the waist. With the various weight classes, more of the entrants are on equal footing heading into the challenge.

The entry fee is $25 per person, per event, with a two-event (category) maximum. All the entry fees go to the prize pools. Entry fees must be paid upon registration, cash or check.

The Jefferson County Public Health Department is the primary sponsor of Movin' Mountains, and Carolyn Harvey, the event's lead organizer.

All entrants that lose at least 5 percent of their weight during the four-month event will earn a Hydro Flask.

What better way to start your new year than with a commitment to improving your fitness and trimming some love handles. Get someone to join you in the quest and field a team, or go it alone.

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