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Bainbridge Team Lean kicks off

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

January 8, 2009

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - It's time to shed the pounds and win some money. The 3rd annual Bainbridge Team Lean kicked off Thursday morning. Teams that lose the highest percentage of weight win cold hard cash.

Some are standing in line because of a New Year's resolution to shed ten pounds. Others are ready for a lifestyle change.

"The first year I lost 58. The 2nd year I lost 50. My goal this year is to go for 60," said competitor Lance Reynolds.

"I want to be healthier and tone up these flaby arms. I'm pretty much lazy," said Dr. Paula Chambers, there for her first year with Team Lean.

But when a hefty cash prize is involved, for some it's enough motivation to get off the couch and hit the gym.

"We give 1500 dollars for the biggest loser. And we award a cash award for the male and female top winners. We also give out cash for the top five teams," said Jan Godwin, with Memorial Hospital and Manor.

More than 700 people pre-registered for the Bainbridge Team lean program this year, and many more signed up Thursday.

For only five dollars a week people team up with friends and family and pledge to shed some pounds.

And with the first day of team lean comes that first step on the scale where contestants check out how much they weigh. But it's only the first of 12 weekly weigh-ins.

And if you cheat on your diet, it'll cost you.

"For every pound gained they have to pay an additional dollar penalty," said Godwin.

At Thursday's kick-off contestants also got to take advantage of free blood screenings to measure cholesterol and glucose levels and see how they improve over the 12 weeks.

"In southwest Georgia we love our fried chicken and we need to do something about our diets and lifestyle and this is just a good way for people to get started," said Godwin.

"It makes you feel good. You've got more energy," said Reynolds.

"I just want to do this forever. Eat right, be healthy and exercise," said Chambers.

Sounds like a New Year's resolution this community plans to keep.

Team lean is sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Manor and the Bainbridge/Decatur County YMCA. 2007's Team lean resulted in more than 16-thousand pounds lost by more than 900 people. Last year more than 700 people lost a combined 13-thousand pounds. Feedback