Reporting (Weight loss and/or Activity): The Shape Up Challenge begins Friday, April 19, 2019. All participants participating in the weight loss division will need to weigh in on this day at either the Dallas County Health Department between the hours of 8:00am-noon and 1:00pm-4:30pm or at the Dallas County YMCA between the hours of 5:30am-6:30pm. (Unless you work at a place of business with scales and other arrangements have been made, IF you are weighing in somewhere other than the health department or the YMCA, YOU are responsible for e-mailing your weights/reports to me @ Rachel.Badgett@dallascountyhealth.com.) Participants will need to continue weighing in each Friday through June 14, 2019. Participants participating in both divisions can report their activity/lifestyle challenges at the time of their weigh in. (If you are planning to weigh-in at the Dallas County Health Department, weigh-ins take place in the front office. I am out of the office occasionally. I will leave blank reporting forms; they can be filled out and dropped into the reporting basket. I will be present for initial, and most weigh-ins and I will show you at the first visit how to use the scales; however, any DCHD staff member will be happy to assist you in my absence.) Also, there will be a dropbox for weigh-in forms at the YMCA, you can weigh-in yourself and drop completed forms in the box; if you need assistance with weigh-in a Y staff member will assist you.
*For participants participating only in the activity/lifestyle division you will begin recording results April 19, 2019 and report weekly-your first reporting day will be April 26, 2019.*
Lifestyle Challenges: Lifestyle challenges will be held every week and are optional. Each week, at weigh-in (or activity reporting), you will need to report if you completed the weekly lifestyle challenge. Anyone that completes a weekly lifestyle challenge will have their name placed in a drawing for a prize. * Lifestyle Challenges are enclosed.*
Weekly Minimum Physical Activity and What’s considered physical activity?: Minimum weekly physical activity requirement is 10,000 steps at least 4 days each week OR at least 45 minutes of activity 4 days each week. (you do not need to complete both, simply choose one option, or any combination of the two). If you plan to track steps you will need a pedometer, phone app or wrist based tracking device such as a fitbit, vivofit, etc. If you opt for the physical activity requirement, this physical activity needs to be 45 minutes Above and Beyond your normal daily routine, not simply activity completed as a part of your normal work day. If you have a job that requires a lot of physical activity, the option of tracking steps might be a better fit for you.
Weight loss percentage: Weight loss percentage is calculated after your weekly weigh-in (weight information is confidential and will only be seen by DCHD weigh-in staff or YMCA weigh-in staff-if you ask for assistance for weigh-ins at the Y).
Prizes: Three Grand Prizes will be awarded, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in weight loss division. First prize is $25.00 gift card, second prize is $15.00 gift card and third prize is $10.00 gift card. T-shirts will be awarded as weekly prizes (shirt sizes will be collected in the event that you should be a weekly prize winner). Three prizes awarded weekly, one for each division (activity, lifestyle and weight loss; weight loss-figured by percentage and activity and lifestyle- awarded by drawing). The total value of a weekly prize package is about $5.00-$10.00. All prizes will need to be picked up at the Dallas County Health Department.
Helpful Hints: Writing down everything you eat a drink daily is very helpful during a weight-loss journey. You can also track your food and calorie intake online: www.choosemyplate.gov and choose the, Super Tracker option. You can get your recommended daily calorie intake and track your food intake and calories burned through physical activity. This is not required, but helpful.
Also continuing accountability after the challenge has ended is helpful. Participants are more than welcome to continue weigh-ins at the Dallas County Health Department after the challenge has ended.
Please direct any additional questions to Rachel Badgett, (417)345-2332, ext. 103 or Rachel.Badgett@dallascountyhealth.com