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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Competition application could change life

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
July 24, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.


The United States recently received some good news and bad news about obesity rates. The good news is we are no longer the most obese nation in the world. That title now belongs to Mexico. The bad news is we're not that far behind.

Thankfully, Americans are also exercising more than in previous years, according to a study from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. But while some people are self-starters who are able to push themselves and keep a steady exercise schedule, others need some help getting started. That is why we are glad companies such as H-E-B offer programs and competitions to encourage residents to take control of their bodies and personal health habits.

H-E-B is now accepting applications to take part in the 2014 Slimdown Showdown. The weight-loss contest is open to anyone 18 or older who lives in Texas within 50 miles of an H-E-B store, including family members of H-E-B employees who do not live in the same household. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, and 15 people will be selected to take part in the competition.

Competitors will take part in a five-and-a-half day wellness program in San Antonio in January. They will receive training from experts from H-E-B, Gold's Gym and Cooper Aerobics Center. Then, they will return home and continue their weight-loss efforts until a winner is crowned in April. The winner will receive a $10,000 grand prize, and another competitor will earn the title of Health Hero, along with a $5,000.

In the past two years, the Crossroads has seen two participants in this competition. Reuben Ybarra, of Victoria, took part in the 2012 competition and was given the title of Healthy Hero, along with $3,000 after he lost 85 pounds. In 2013, Bay City residents Randall Goode was chosen for the competition and lost 36 pounds.

We encourage Crossroads residents to apply for this competition. Why not take advantage of this chance to receive support, expert advice, training and more in the never ending quest for personal health and weight loss?

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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