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Fit And Well Idaho: Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) January... a time for new beginnings and the start of the 20-thousand dollar Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge.

Brittany Cooper has more in this week's Fit and Well Idaho.

With a new year comes new opportunities, and 2014 is the perfect time to enter the Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge and make health and wellness the focus of this year.

"I love the New Year; everyone can start over any day they want to start fresh. I love the energy of the New Year, people looking to make a change in their life. It's just a positive thing for people and we love to see people succeed at the Y and we love our job to be able to help people," says Gilly Funk, Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA.

This year's Magic Valley Weight Loss Challenge is more extensive.

Ten lose-it classes, an accountability call every Monday, plus five workshops with Bear Bangs, the challenge spokesman.

He lost 112 pounds in 2011.

"I was very inactive probably 3-4 years before the challenge, and when I say inactive I didn't do anything except put pounds on, but since then I've really just maintained not just the massive activity I was doing, but staying consistent, keeping with those habits to keep the weight off, modifying a little bit, but going to the gym every day, eating a lot of the foods that I was eating losing the weight,” Bangs explains.

The challenge isn't just a weight loss competition, but an opportunity to make a lifestyle change.

"I think the biggest advice I would give is be gradual, be slow and steady, don't do extreme things to lose the weight. It's all about a lifestyle change, if you don't make those changes stick, of course you're going to gain the weight back after the challenge," Funk points out.

The prize money has also increased... with the top 15 finishers earning money.

The initial weigh-in begins at ten Saturday morning at the E-Street YMCA.

There's a 95-dollar registration fee.

For those who can't make it, you have until Saturday, January 11th at 5 pm.

That weigh-in will take place at Kurt’s Pharmacy.