The annual Lighten Up East Texas program, developed by the North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) is currently recruiting participants to sign-up for the annual weight-loss challenge. Houston County is included in the NET Health service district.
The Lighten Up East Texas program encourages adults to make a commitment to losing 5% of their starting body weight over the course of a 12 week period. For most people, 5% represents between a 5-15 pound loss. Participants must register, weigh-in and weigh-out at the same location. Everyone reporting a 5% loss at weigh-out is entered into a grand prize drawing of $5000 to be held on May 10th.
The Houston County Extension Office, located inside the Senior Center in Crockett Park, has served as a weighing location for the past 3 years. The weigh-in period runs through January 31st. Participants must weigh-in/out at a certified location in order to be eligible to participate. Certified locations all over East Texas can be found on the LUET.org website.