Are you ready to slim down? Mid-January signups for Slimdown Challenge in both Madras and Warm Springs.

Get moving!The holiday season has come and gone, but there's a good chance that maybe some of that extra poundage decided to stick around.

Don't fret. Instead, make this the year that you destroy that extra weight and exercise your way back to a better you.

Movin' Mountains — a Jefferson County-wide contest for losing weight and adopting healthier lifestyles — is gearing up for 2018. The annual, four-month "get healthy" event draws several hundred participants each year.

Anyone 18 or older can compete in Movin' Mountains, individually and/or in a two-person team.

The entry fee is $25 per event entered, and all entry fees go to the prize pools. Last year, 253 people signed up to particpate and just under half stuck it out until the May weigh-in. Those finishing lost 1,619 pounds combined, and 418 inches off their waist and 237 inches off their hips. A total of $6,325 in prize money was awarded.

The divisions include individual men and women competitions, and two-person men's, women's and mixed pairs. Part of the fun of partnering for the contest is to to come up with a team name.

The contest combines percent of weight loss and hip and waist reduction during the 16-week run of the event. The competitions will be broken into weight classes, which are roughly configured to have an even number of people in each.

Movin' Mountains is organized by Carolyn Harvey, with the Jefferson County Public Health Department. The department is the key financial backer of the program. Several other businesses and entities contribute services or otherwise help the program.

The Warm Springs Community Wellness Program contributes Hydro Flasks to all entrants who finish the program and shed at least 5 percent of their weight during the 16 weeks.

The weigh-in/measurement dates will be Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, at the Jefferson County Public Health Department, 715 SW Fourth St. Friday's weigh-in will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday's, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be a weigh-in/measurement at the Warm Springs Indian Health Services office on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Along with a chance at winning some nice prize money, those who enter get discounts at Madras area athletic clubs and at the Madras Aquatic Center.

For further information, see the advertisement on page 4. Or call Harvey at 541-475-4456 (ext. 4233), or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In the meantime, make a commitment to improve your health, and potentially win some money, in Movin' Mountains 2018.

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