Technology as Your Weight Loss Friend

January 4, 2018

It’s not too late to join POP!

Monday’s program: Technology as your Weight Loss Friend

Crystal Cox, LCRH Marketing Coordinator

If you have been trying to escape this freezing weather, playing catch-up at work or school, or just haven’t gotten around to it, it’s not too late to register for the 6th Annual Pounds Off Pulaski (POP)! 

POP is a 12-week county-wide weight loss challenge sponsored by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.  POP is open to any individual aged 18 or over. Now in its 6th year, Pounds Off Pulaski has helped 740 people start their journey toward a healthier lifestyle. While not everyone is able to complete entire 12-week program, those who have did lost a total of 3,599.05 pounds.

If you would like to participate in this exciting program, you may still register online at http://somersetpulaskichamber.com/pounds-off-pulaski or in person on Monday, January 8 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in the Conference Centers on the basement level.

The registration fee is only $25.  Weigh-ins will begin at 4:30 p.m. for individuals who want to register for the program.  Those who have already registered can come to be weighed from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The program will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Our first speaker on Monday, January 8, is Crystal Cox, marketing coordinator for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Cox holds certifications for Digital Imaging Assistant, Digital Production Assistant, Digital Photography, and Digital Production Artist as well as an Associates in Applied Science in Visual Communications from Somerset Community College. An employee of LCRH for the past six years, she is also an experienced graphic designer and manager of all digital applications for the hospital.

People sometimes blame technology for physical inactivity and weight gain. However, technology used in the right ways can also be beneficial for losing weight.

Cox’s program will dive into various ways of using technology to help reach weight loss goals and stay on track, even after POP concludes. She will discuss using cell phone apps, digital activity trackers, video games that encourage physical activity, and social connections to help participants be successful.

An exciting challenge will also be introduced at Monday’s meeting - the POP Steps Challenge.  Cox will discuss the challenge and will explain which devices are supported and how to get connected into the challenge.  Prize Points will be awarded to the POP participant with the most steps during the challenge, as well as points for all participants who reach certain milestones during the contest.

POP participants also have opportunities to earn additional incentive points for other activities, such as: weighing weekly, attending programs, participating in steps challenges, exercising at one of our community partner gyms, and walking/running in any of the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Journey to Fitness events. POP points earned count toward fun prizes provided by community partners.  At the end of the POP 12-week challenge, the two males and two females who have the highest percentage of weight loss will win cash prizes.  All participants who lose 10 percent of their body weight will also receive a special prize.

During the 12-week challenge, POP meetings will be held each Monday evening at the hospital.  These meetings are designed to provide support, information, and helpful tools to help participants keep on track so they can reach their personal goals.  Speakers at the meetings will provide information on a variety of subjects from exercise to nutrition to the psychology of weight loss to eating out.  Participants will also be able to weigh in at the weekly POP meetings to keep track of their progress.

POP Community Partners who are providing discounts and opportunities for weight-loss success this year include: Club Fit 24 Hour Fitness, City of Somerset Rocky Hollow Recreation Center, Get Fit Athletic Club, LIFT, Inc. Training Complex, Sk8ters Paradise, SomerFit, Somerset Mall, and Zumba at First Baptist Church-Teresa Hail, Instructor. More Partners are still being added.

Additional partners who provide incentive prizes and program support include: Amedisys Home Health Care, Get Ur Smoke On, Intrepid Home Health, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Lake Cumberland Weight Loss Center, Lake Cumberland Weight Loss Physicians, Lifeline Home Health, Pulaski County Extension Service, and The Center for Rural Development.

The City of Somerset, Pulaski County Government and Somerset Mall are also partnering to provide opportunities for participants to get some healthy exercise by walking at walking tracks, parks and the Mall. Media partners include Forcht Broadcasting, iHeart Radio and The Commonwealth-Journal.

“We are grateful to have these excellent community partners for this exciting weight-loss challenge,” said Susan Ramsey Wilson. “Their support will not only help POP participants have a great time during the program, but will help them establish healthy lifestyle and exercise regimens for longer-lasting, positive results.”

For more information about Pounds Off Pulaski you may visit www.PoundsOffPulaski.blogspot.com . 

If you should have any questions, contact Crystal Cox (606-451-2970), Susan Ramsey Wilson at (606-678-3264) or email marketing.lcrh@gmail.com .