Valdosta Daily Times


January 6, 2013

Join Team Lean to lose weight and get healthy

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta YMCA participates each year in Team Lean, a 10-week community weight loss competition for ages 14 and up.

Each January, groups comprised of friends, relatives and co-workers form teams of 4 or 5 to participate in the competition, which will kick off this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. at the YMCA.

In partnership with SGMC and Pepsi, the Team Lean participants have to weigh-in weekly, every Thursday, at either the YMCA or SGMC, and their weight loss is tracked both individually and as a team. The cost is $50 per person, but at the end of the 10-weeks, the winners receive cash prizes.

The final day to register is Thursday, Jan. 17 and the final weigh-in is Thursday, March 28, with the award celebration on Thursday, April 4.

For those who have made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get fit this year, the Team Lean competition is a great way to work together towards your goals with others and stay motivated. The biggest reason people don’t make their weight goals is the lack of support around them, but when you have a team all pushing each other to work out, run, and eat healthy, it’s far more likely that you will stick with your diet and new found exercise regimen long after the 10-week competition is over.

So find a group who wants to lose weight and get healthy this year. Come sign up Saturday at the YMCA and be on your way to a new you!

Business Roundup

Unfortunately after the holidays is always the biggest lull in construction in the community. Everyone takes that time off, it seems, and most won’t get back at it until next week.

Although there is a lull right now, there are still exciting things happening in town.

The new Shane’s Rib Shack off Baytree across from Kohls is doing a great business so far, and it’s also good to see a vacant restaurant location be revitalized.

The new Korea Garden restaurant on St. Augustine that you can read about in today’s business section is also doing very well. They are not a fast foot type restaurant, everything is made to order, but I understand it is well worth your time.

The new Egg and I restaurant being built on North Ashley Street is taking shape, with the brick facade, etc. It’s in front of Quiznos and should be open by the first of April.

The new Taco Bell in Lake Park wasn’t quite finished yet the last time I went down there, but I’ll have to check again this week to see when they might be opening.

Also in Lake Park, the YMCA facility that was on the west side of I-75 is moving to the east side in the outlet mall as their former home for years has sold to a developer. The new Y facility will be open by the beginning of February.

I thought when I saw the area beside Cass Burch being worked on off North Valdosta Road that the renowned car dealer was expanding his dealership. Cass said Friday that he is expanding the parking area only.

If you notice the Smok’n Pig photo on the page, it’s nice to see a local business doing well and rewarding their employees also. Owner Pat O’Neal really should get some recognition as the entrepreneur of the year, if there were such a local award, with his Mama June’s opening, the Pig expansion into Macon, and the successes of his other local businesses, including Creekside, which is going stronger than ever.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s anything I missed, please let me know!

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