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Applications available for 'Losing Big Petersburg' competition


The Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for this year’s second annual ‘Losing Big Petersburg’ competition.

Donnie Hayes, parks and rec director, said the competition will bring together ten Petersburg residents who have “a desire to make a change in your health and wellness, that’s it.”

Each contestant will have a set of guidelines to follow each week. They will participate in stress relieving activities such as progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing and journaling.

Contestants must also engage in regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

Participants will be divided into two teams. At the culmination of each week, points will be tallied relative to completed activities. The team with the highest average score will be safe and move into the following week of competition.

Members of the community will then vote, by way of phoning into KFSK after Wednesday morning’s Tradio broadcast, on contestants of the low scoring team who they want to keep in the competition. The contestant who receives the fewest votes won’t be in the running to receive the grand prize—a bundle of gifts including an iPad, a year's pass to the community gym and gift certificates as well as other merchandise. Each contestant is also eligible for weekly drawings for similar prizes.

This year’s competition will see two contestants from last year join the program as team captains.

“They will be a kind of cheerleader, they’ll be helping them, communicating with them, giving them tips on what was and what was not effective,” Hayes said.

One of the team captains this year will be Shelly Pope.

Pope said last year’s competition was tough and forced her to become introspective.

“You realize, right in the very beginning, everything that you’ve done that could be harming yourself or negligent to your own health,” Pope said. “From the very beginning it becomes a test of will.”

Pope said as a team captain she will push the contestants to persevere, even if it seems like little progress is being made.

"It’s going to be an ongoing thing,” Pope said. “Even after the competition is over they will continue to take what they learned and apply it to their lives.”

Applications for the contest can be picked up and dropped of at Rexall Drug, Lee’s Clothing, the parks and rec department and the Petersburg Medical Center.

Parks and rec staff will choose contestants during the third week of January and the competition is slated to begin the first week of February.


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