What would you do to win $5,000?
Homeland Food Stores is sponsoring the “Get Healthy Challenge” that has 10 metro-area men and women in a “Biggest Loser”-type contest which began this month and runs through Jan. 25, when the contestants will run in a 5k race and a winner will be named.
“We are excited to help make a change in obesity in Oklahoma,” said Alyson Dykstra, a registered and licensed dietitian and the corporate dietitian for Homeland Acquisition Co. Retail in Oklahoma City.
“I have been planning this event since I started this job a year and a half ago.”
The contest kicked off Oct. 5 with a weekend wellness camp at a hotel.
Contestants were measured, weighed, given different body scans, a health screening and a membership at Title Boxing in Edmond, which included equipment for the group to work out during the contest.
Dykstra spoke about nutrition and making healthy choices when choosing food, then took the group on a store tour and gave each $200 to buy healthy food for their homes.
Kellogg's Special K also is sponsoring the event and provided each person with a variety of products.
How it began
The contest started last summer when Homeland asked interested men and women to send in videos telling why they wanted to get in shape. The top 10 were selected — eight women and two men.
Officials said they chose what they hope will be the 10 most motivated applicants.
Every two weeks, the 10 will meet to be measured and weighed. The winner will be judged on improvements in weight/body mass index, cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides.
At the eight weigh-ins, mini prizes will be given to those making the most progress.
“We want them to learn how to make healthy choices,” Dykstra said.
All 10 contestants want to become healthier for their families, and sharing their goal makes it easier for them.