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March 11, 2014

Lonaconing health initiative starts with weigh-in Thursday

LONACONING — Mayor Jack Coburn and town council members are taking part in the town’s Spring Healthy Challenge that kicks off with a weigh-in of participants Thursday at Lonaconing Town Hall.

The weigh-in will be conducted  from 5 to 7 p.m., and entry fee is $5 per participant. The fees are added to a $100 prize to be awarded to the participant with the highest percentage of weight loss.

“This program is for Lonaconing residents but we extend that offer to all residents of the Georges Creek community to come join us and get healthy,” said Coburn, who walks two to three miles daily through the town.

No group walks are scheduled in this year’s program due to scheduling difficulties. “We urge independent walks and exercises. This is a good way to lose weight and help control blood pressure and blood sugar levels,” said the mayor.

Conducted in conjunction with the Western Maryland Health System, informational sessions are scheduled at Town Hall on March 27 at 6 p.m., by Elizabeth Kauruter, a registered nurse who is an oncology dietician; April 10 at 6 p.m., by Allison Lutts, RN, who is a clinical dietitian specialist in diabetes; May 1 at 6 p.m., by Hana Smith, RN, who is a clinical dietitian in cardiac care, and May 12 at 7 p.m., by Adam Burda, RN, who is a clinical dietitian adjunct professor and a private nutrition consultant.

Blood pressure screenings are available at the weigh-ins and at each informational session. The weigh-in finale will be held on June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 301-463-6233.

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