Pictured with Stella Robinette are Dr. Tom Rogers, founder of Performance Medicine, and Ben Rogers, Performance’s business manager. Photo by LeighAnn Laube.
A year ago, Stella Robinette was borderline diabetic and knew that losing weight was a necessity. Though the 2013 Greater Kingsport Lose Big contest, she lost 47 pounds and learned how to make lasting positive lifestyle changes.
Robinette’s nonprofit H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Potential Evolve) is again partnering with Performance Medicine to host Lose Big 2014. The four-month competition, open to anyone and everyone in the greater Kingsport area, including youth, is designed to help contestants make positive lifestyle changes by giving them the tools to not only lose weight and keep it off, but improve their overall lifestyle.
The 2014 contest begins today with an initial weigh-in starting at 9 a.m. at Performance Medicine’s Kingsport office, 109 Jack White Drive. Along with the weigh-in, there will be registration and an informational meeting about the contest. About 9:30 a.m., Dr. Tom Rogers, founder of Performance Medicine, will give a talk to participants.
Registration fee is $50. A late registration and weigh-in will be available after today anytime during business hours at Performance Medicine. Registration forms are also available at Fleet Feet, the Indian Path Health Resources Center in the Kingsport Town Center, and at Accelerated Fitness on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport.
Lose Big 2014 is a fundraiser for H.O.P.E, a nonprofit created by Robinette to provide life skills education and financial support to local youth. Raising community awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle is one of the educational goals of H.O.P.E.
“The main thing is this supports H.O.P.E. Health is a huge issue,” said Jenny Rogers, wife of Tom and a H.O.P.E. board member and Dobyns-Bennett High School teacher. “Health is a discipline. (H.O.P.E) works on all their disciplines, anything that improves their lives.”
During the initial weigh-in, Robinette will speak briefly about H.O.P.E. and members of the organization will be present. In addition, participants will receive coupons from area businesses offering around $200 worth of free services. Offerings will include one free month at Accelerated Fitness; $50 off a weight loss program at Performance Medicine; $25 off a last will and testament, power of attorney, living will, or durable power of attorney from The Vaughan Firm; $50 off a home repair service from Jim Leinbach Services; four free yoga classes at Moonshadow Yoga Studio and $20 off beginner 5K registration at Fleet Feet. Kingsport’s Cultural Arts Department will offer a buy-one-get-one-free ticket opportunity to an upcoming performance.
After the initial weigh-in, contestants are free to lose weight any way they want, although Dr. Rogers will offer guidance if desired. There won’t be another weigh-in until the contest ends in April.
Last year’s 50-plus participants had their final weigh-in in May, but this year’s contest is shortened by a month.
“We found out that most of the people were done by April, and that extra month didn’t matter,” Robinette explained.
Contestants must show up at the Indian Path Health Resource Center in the Kingsport Town Center at 10 a.m., April 12, for the final weigh-in. Four winners will be recognized — two male and two female. Prizes will be awarded. To be eligible for prizes, participants must have a beginning weigh-in at Performance Medicine and a final weigh-in at the IPHRC.
Anyone younger than 18 who wants to participate must have his or her parents or guardians sign a consent form.
Tennessee has a low prevalence of binge drinking, a low incidence of pertussis infections and high immunization coverage among children, but ranks 45th in physical activity, 40th in obesity and 47th in smoking, among all states, according to the 2013 United Health Foundation America’s Health Rankings report. According to the report, in the past year, the prevalence of physical inactivity decreased from 35.1 percent to 28.6 percent of adults. Nearly 1.4 million adults remain physically inactive in the state.
“I see so many bad things happen to people’s health as they age,” Tom Rogers said. “I would like to give young people the knowledge to prevent disease early. Having two diabetic kids myself, I have the insight and knowledge to do that.”
For more information about Lose Big 2014, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit H.O.P.E.’s Facebook page, or call Robinette at (423) 276-6541.