KU Scale Down Challenge to begin Feb. 1

LAWRENCE, KS – Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, the KU community is invited to sign up for a university weight-loss contest called the Scale Down Challenge. The 10-week competition gives Jayhawks an incentive to lose weight, exercise and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
 
The Scale Down Challenge was previously only offered to KU faculty and staff but is now open to all students as a separate competition. The top five participants in each group who lose the greatest percentage of body weight will win a cash prize. Last year’s campaign drew 45 participants with a cumulative weight loss of over 407 pounds. The grand prize winner received $875.
 
“The new semester is a perfect time to think about establishing good habits that will make you healthier,” said Amber Long, KU Recreation Center assistant director. “Many students also want to get in shape for spring break. The Scale Down Challenge could help them reach their goals in time to hit the beach.”
 
How the Scale Down Challenge works:
 
1. Register online and pay your registration fee. Your registration fee increases the overall cash prize pool, up to $1250.
2. Get your friends to sign up — the more participants, the larger the prize pool and the more fun you’ll have losing weight!
3. The first weigh-in will be held Feb. 1, with weekly weigh-ins every Wednesday.
4. If you miss more than 3 weigh-ins, you are not eligible to receive prizes.
5. Participants are ranked based on the percent of their body weight lost. Participants are awarded prizes based on the percent of body weight lost.
6. Weigh-ins are private and confidential. Individual participant weights and percentage of body weight lost will not be made public.
7. Log in to your account to track your progress and view overall challenge standings.
 
Have fun, eat smart, and stay active. This 10-week challenge is a great way to form healthier habits with the help and support of your friends.