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Page 10 :1 T r.- January 18, 2012 Sixty-four contestants showed up Saturday morning at the Sweet Home High School to kick off the Lose for Life weight loss contest, organized by Steel- head Strength and Fitness. Dave Bauer, Steelhead owner and manager, said it was "a good turnout." The field includes three teams of four and 42 individuals - all adults, who will lose weight over the next 12 weeks, with the team and the individuals los- ing the highest percentage of their body weight winning cash prizes, the amounbt of which will be determined by the amount of participation as each contestant will pay a $5 fee at each weekly weigh-in. The total of those fees will be split among the winners, Bauer said. Updates on the contest will be published weekly in The New Era. "1 wanted to provide the op- portunity for people to learn how to lose weight safely, effectively and how to keep it off, and to understand the health risk of be- ing overweight," he said. "1 want ii!!i? %; i ............ ii ............. iiiiiiiiiiil iiiill ii iii .... :: .......... :.,: ,,,  Contestants wait in line to register for the Lose for Life weight loss competition Saturday at the Sweet Home High School cafeteria. Each weekly weigh-in, held at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings, will be followed by wellness semi- nars throughout the 12-week contest, Bauer said. Those seminars are also open to the general public. Various wellness experts will speak, including Dr. Tim Hindmarsh, who has been a vocal advocate for healthy living and weight loss, particularly as a way to battle diabetes. This Saturday's seminar, to be held at the high school cafe- teria, will focus on proper eating. It will begin about 9:30 a.m. The speaker at the opening weigh-in was Alaina Bergsma, captain of the University of Or- egon volleyball team and this year,s Miss Oregon USA. Bauer said he is excited by the support shown by more than 40 local businesses, who have signed on as sponsors. "This is meeting my goal of having a community-wide event that incorporates local busi- nesses," he said. They include five local restaurants - Los Dos Amigos, Mr. Lucky's Dell, Skyline Inn, Spoletto's Pizzaria and The Point - which have all pledged to create special "healthy" menus in support of the contestants. In addition to those and Steelhead, sponsors include A&W, All Star Pizza, Attitudes Salon/Kelli Kern, Bob Richards Auto Sales, Coffee Hut, Cas- cade Timber Consulting, Cut- loose Hair and Nails, Economy Drug, Farmers Insurance/Craig Fentiman, Farmer;s Insurance/ people to realize and experi- ence their improved quality of life due to living a healthier life- style - less sick time, less doc- tor bills, not spending money on medication and doctor visits. I want people to experience what it's like to have the energy and strength to go hiking, to enjoy the outdoors." Contestant Shannon Thay- er said she decided to enter be- cause "the competition is what motivated me." Cheryl Hoerntlein, another entrant, said She is doing it for her health - "getting back to a healthy weight." STEVIA I OMEGA 3S WHOLE GRAINS RECOVERY SUPPLEMENTS MULTI-VITAMINS ER 600 BULK FOOD ITEMS ON HAND 1101 MAIN ST. 541-367-6614 If" "-- --"  "' " --"  "" |"-- ..... "11 Karyn Hartsook, Foster Lake l NEW SALADSo , I Mall, Green For All Seasons, 00u,o 00a,es ,es 00c00wa0 ' /  | Tires, Lilies and Lovelies, Oh MediteroneonChickenSolod  i My Massage, Oregon Jam- I with grilled chicken, olives, sun-dried tomaloes, .ll '" I =mushrooms, and red oniOns ..... L/i, boree, Periwinkle Provisions, I Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad  :/.  ::!  Rita s Relics/Oregon Prospect- with grilled chicken, dried cranrries, toasted . Z' " ; ing, Santiam Chiropractic Clinic, I almonds and red onion Pair with calorie free Diet A&W Root Beer j Simply Chiropractic, Steven I or our freshly brewed iced tea! ..... . Hanscam CPA, Subway, Sun- .shine Espresso, Sweet Home 10,10 MAIN _slrnf|T_ | 167-4893m - - - ...ALL Axml F0,'.I I Florist, Sweet Home Inn, Sweet Contestants, from left, Alycia Hardin, Shannon Thayer, Mi- chelle Knight and Beth Lambert are competing as a team. Home RV Center, Sweet Home Trails, The New Era, Thriftway, Trendsetter Salon/Serena, Trash to Treasure, Wells Fargo Bank and Wothuis Family Den- tistry. Contestants said that sup- port from others is crucial. Kim Vandenburg said she's partnered with Tonya Moorhead to stay accountable. "We have a buddy system," she said. "We motivate each other." Bauer said he's disappoint- ed .that no youths joined the -contest, even though there was a category open to them. "Youth participation is cer- tainly something we want to work on next year," he said: "Overweight statistics for youth are the same as for adults. They're more alarming than the adult rate. If 35-36 percent of the youth area overweight, what's that going to equate to when they get older if they con- tinue poor eating and wellness habits?" He said the contest is about change for the better. "This is looking out for their future. If you don't take care of yourself today, you're going to pay for it tomorrow. It's inevi- table." Alaina Bergsma, Miss Oregon USA and captain of the Uni- versity of Oregon volleyball team, speaks to contestants. Congratulations contestants! Stay sharp & keep focused for success! Steven E. Hanscam, Certified Public Accountant 1313 MAIN STREET, SWEET HOME I 541-367-2157 PHONE I 541-367-2158 FAX t SHANSCAMCPA@CENTURYTEL.NET