La Crosse (WEAU) - The La Crosse County Health Department is beginning “The Biggest Health Challenge.” An 8 week program, free to all that sign up.
Taxpayer money goes to the Health Department each year to help support programs like this one.
Steve Clark isn’t participating in the Health Department challenge, but he fully supports the idea.
“Even though it’s a county program, I think that in the end it will be costing people less because people will be healthy,” said Clark.
Phyllis Boardman says that she hopes that putting money into fitness programs may help bring down health care expenditures.
“I think it’s a great plan if people utilize it, because it will cut down on the money spent for health care,” said Boardman.
Around 8 thousand taxpayer dollars goes towards the department’s Healthy Living Series, which is one program a month.
“That’s why we use a lot of student help to do these things we do. So that we can stretch things as far as possible,” said Linda Lee, Nutrition Manager for the La Crosse Health Department.
More than 200 people have already signed up for the program, and it hasn’t even started yet. The Health Department says that this may be one of its biggest programs yet.
“I suspect this may be one of our bigger challenges,” said Lee.
Lee says that a large portion of the La Crosse community is overweight, and that the community has been looking for a program like this one.
“It was part of a series that came about because the community was talking about obesity and healthy eating, and active lifestyles. 2/3 of adults in our community are overweight, and about 1/3 of our kids are,” said Lee.
The 8 week program is free to all that sign up, but those who want to enter the weight loss challenge an additional fee of 10 dollars will be needed.
For more information, or to sign up CLICK HERE