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York County Shrinkdown Finale Set for March 2

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 Participants in the York County Shrinkdown will celebrate with a grand finale March 2.
 The free eight-week program was designed to curb the obesity epidemic.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - York County residents can help celebrate a healthier lifestyle at the York County Shrinkdown’s grand finale on March 2 at the Fort Mill YMCA Gym.

Launched by the Upper Palmetto YMCA, Winthrop University and Piedmont Medical Center, the York County Shrinkdown was a free eight-week program designed to curb the obesity epidemic. More than 2,000 people in York County signed up to lose weight, exercise more and make better food choices. Each week, participants weighed in at any of eight YMCA locations and received additional health information.

At the March 2 finale from 4-6 p.m., participants will have a final weigh-in to see how much they have slimmed down. Team leaders Frank "Moe" Bell, chief executive officer of the Upper Palmetto YMCA, Charles Miller, president and CEO of Piedmont, will check their results at 5 p.m. Those who have had significant weight losses are welcome to pose for pictures with the 10-pound, 20-pound and 30-pound Weight Loss Club. Participants also are encouraged to bring their "Too Big Now" clothes to donate to charity.

Fitness demonstrations and several booths will be available, including Piedmont’s "What Next?" and blood pressure screening, Winthrop’s sit and reach flexibility and grip strength tests, YMCA programs and an America on the Move display.

Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the two-hour event. Corporate awards will be given out at 5:30 p.m., followed by the drawing for the grand prize, a Caribbean cruise.

The Shrinkdown concept began last year in the Upstate when the YMCA of Greenville partnered with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center and Furman University to pilot the wellness and healthy living initiative. The successful program expanded this year to 11 other South Carolina communities including York County, where more than 59 percent of adults said in 2004 that they were overweight or obese, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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