This is new initiative to improve the Hub City's health. For the next 12 weeks a 130 teams are taking part in Healthy Lubbock's Get Fit Lubbock program. Each team has 6 to 10 people on it.
NewsChannel 11's caught up with one team from UMC, called the DeJunkers. A group which is focused not only on losing weight, but on making a permanent life style change.
It's the first day of Get Fit Lubbock for the DeJunkers from UMC.
"We're getting baseline numbers, blood pressure, we're going to take some measurements and even do body mass composition with culprits," said team captain Tammy Segarra.
The DeJunkers begin with getting their blood pressure tested and then it's on to the scale.
Craig Bragg just stepped off the scale. He says, "It's about what I expected and about 30 pounds heavier than what I graduated high school with."
"You're trying to add weight on to me already," adds teammate Scott Brown.
Next it's off to body fat testing. The measurements were all being documented by Segarra, and it's a set of numbers that Tina Bilberry hopes will change for good.
"You don't want that fat around the middle so I'm trying to get that last little bit back off because I want to retire with my husband pretty soon and have fun the rest of my life," Bilberry said.
For the next twelve weeks, the DeJunkers, like other teams, will be using a notebook to track their success and reporting their results back to Healthy Lubbock.
Segarra says, "They're going to report to me how much they lost, how many minutes they exercised and the events they attended. And I'll report to the Get Fit people and then we can look online and kind of see where we rank."
"A point for every minute they exercise. They get 50 points for every pound they lose. They get 100 oints for attending community events," Annette Boles, Director of Healthy Lubbock.
Just 24 hours after weighing in, the DeJunkers are stretching out at the American Heart Association Heart Walk, starting what Scott Brown says will be a permanent change.
"I'm going after the lifestyle change. I want to be the next biggest loser," Brown adds.
Healthy Lubbock's "Get Fit Lubbock" program officially started Saturday. Over the next twelve weeks NewsChannel 11 will be checking back in with the DeJunkers to see how their fitness levels are improving.
To find out more information about Get Fit Lubbock call 743-781 or click here.
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