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Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 6, 2012 08:44 AM

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A while back, I shared one a few of my fitness and weight loss secret weapons with you, and today we've paired up to bring you a unique wellness challenge.

By simply signing up, logging your food using the calorie tracking function crafted by Lose It, and logging your workouts, you'll earn points. The points you earn will be tallied and displayed on Get Moving, where we will keep track of which town in Massachusetts is the healthiest. During the course of our four-week challenge, the more points you earn, the better your odds of winning prizes that Lose It will offer each week. At the end of four weeks, we'll crown one town the healthiest and name one grand-prize winner.

What are the prizes, exactly? Here's a look:
Weekly Prizes:

  • Oster My Blend Blenders (1 per week)

  • Health-O-Meter Fitness Scales (1 per week)

  • YMCA Membership

Grand Prizes:

  • One $500 shopping spree to the Jarden Store

  • 5 Lose It! premium accounts to the winning team

  • iPad 3

  • 2 FitBit Aria Scales, 2 FitBit Ultra devices

  • YMCA Membership

YMCA member and Showdown participants can also receive a 20 percent discount at participating New Balance retail locations. YMCA members will have to show a membership card to receive the discount. Non-YMCA members can pick up a coupon at their local branch. Learn more about the New Balance discount here.

Studies have found that people who track their food intake lost six more pounds than those who didn't keep a log, so even if you don't win a prize, you have the chance to become more aware of your diet and exercise habits.

During the course of the challenge, our Get Moving section will feature tips, videos, quizzes, and more to help you stick with your diet and fitness goals. Plus, with more than 30 YMCAs in the state involved, we can point you toward healthy resources in the YMCA's network of trainers and experts.

You can register for the challenge starting Friday, Sept. 7, until Sunday, Sept. 16. The challenge officially kicks off Monday, Sept. 17, when your town's points total will be displayed on And, if you belong to a local YMCA, you can check back to see how your YMCA is doing against others in the area.

Follow the latest updates about the challenge here in this blog, on our BeWell Boston Facebook page, and by using the #showdown hashtag on Twitter. May the most "well" win!

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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