Free program designed to help people lose weight

If you've been thinking about losing weight, but just haven't gotten around to it, this could provide some motivation.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and Lexington Parks and Recreation are teaming up to launch a free weight loss challenge.

Those behind the program say it will help people get into shape and improve their health.

"This challenge is the perfect way for people in Lexington to improve their health and wellness," Mark Johnson, health equity team leader at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, and one of the event's organizers, said in a news release. "It's a comfortable environment with lots of encouragement provided from your fellow participants. Everyone is welcome to come exercise and learn how to make healthy choices."

The program includes a series of nutrition classes, low-impact aerobic classes, healthy cooking workshops, and healthy eating workshops.

This will be the fourth time the health department has offered a weight loss challenge. Officials say the last three had more than 800 participants combined, with the groups losing a collective 950 pounds.

Officials say participants also lowered their blood pressure, improved diabetes numbers, and reduced body fat.

The kick-off and registration to the Community Weight Loss Challenge is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, from 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m. at the William Wells Brown Community Center at 548 East Sixth Street in Lexington.

The program will continue at the William Wells Brown Community Center every Tuesday and Thursday, September 22-December 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. each night.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, you can call 288-2391 or 389-6678.

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