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Contest Ideas for a Weight-Loss Group

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author image Shelley Frost
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
Contest Ideas for a Weight-Loss Group
Share healthy ideas with one another during the contest. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

Group weight loss creates a sense of community and even friendly competition when you organize a weight-loss contest. A contest involves more than simply weighing in once a week and awarding prizes to the leaders. An effective contest utilizes goals, motivation, teamwork and collaboration of weight-loss ideas so everyone wins.

Even Measurement

The numbers on the scale tell only part of the story during weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes. Each contestant starts at a different point in her weight loss journey. Some have lots of weight to lose while others might be working on those last few pounds. A contestant with lots to lose might see changes on the scale faster than a person who is focusing more on toning or nearing her weight-loss goal. Instead of judging purely on pounds lost, use BMI, percentage of body weight lost or inches lost. This gives a more well-rounded picture of progress and may level the playing field for contestants at different points.

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Prizes

Prizes motivate participants to stick with the weight-loss contest week after week. One option is to ask each participant to add a certain small dollar amount to the pot that is used as the grand prize for the person who wins the contest. If you have 20 participants who each pay $10 to join the contest, the winner walks away with $200. You could also divide that money between the top three people to spread out the earnings. Another option is to ask sponsors to donate health-related products as prizes. Give out weekly prizes for that week's top contestant in addition to the large grand prize for the overall winner.

Health Education

A healthy approach to weight loss makes the process more effective and more likely to last. Include a health education component to your group weight-loss contest to encourage participants to make healthy lifestyle changes. This places more of an emphasis on the health aspect than the competition. Ideas include a healthy cooking class, exercise classes, group walks or reading a particular diet or exercise book as a group. Guest speakers from the health field also help integrate an education component into the contest.

Support

A support system for your weight-loss competition makes the process more successful for many people. Instead of focusing on individual success, encourage one another as you work toward your weight-loss and health goals. Weekly meetings, healthy lunches and a message board or email list are ideas for creating a supportive environment for your contest.

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