Dublin Villager

Slim to Win

Program helps residents reach goals

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Weight loss, more exercise and healthy eating aren't unusual resolutions to start a new year with.

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce, along with Healthy Dublin, is offering a 10-week program, Slim to Win, to help Dublin residents and employees reach new goals.

"We were looking at a way to help the business community," chamber Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Jakse said.

"There are a lot of small and medium-sized businesses that don't have the opportunity to offer wellness programs to their employees," Jakse said.

"We wanted to offer the business community something. And the timing of the year is perfect."

The program is free and open to people who both work or live in Dublin.

Slim to Win runs every Thursday from Jan. 17 to March 14 in the chamber office. The meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. with a voluntary, anonymous weigh-in, followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.

"We have speakers to talk about different things to consider to become more healthy," Jakse said.

"Dublin business MovNat will be here Jan. 17 to talk about how to incorporate fitness into your life. Fresh Healthy Life will talk about nutrition and Giant Eagle will talk about nutrition and how to read food labels," she said.

"We'll have Step Lively Fitness," Jakse said. "Each week, there will be different speakers to give different information."

Jakse is part of the Healthy Dublin committee that thinks up events. Healthy Dublin began as a partnership among the city, school district and chamber before others, including Dublin Methodist Hospital, Dublin Counseling Center and Washington Township, joined.

The idea to offer Slim to Win came about while events were being planned, Jakse said.

"Through programming discussions, we had felt like there was a need at this level," she said.

"People are really starting to think about that stuff now. This is the perfect time of year to be thinking about health and wellness.

"I think the Slim to Win program is something people should take advantage of," Jakse said.

And people have.

The program is free, but an RSVP is required and Jakse said signups have been coming in.

"One business signed up four employees already," she said. "Most businesses in Dublin are small businesses that may not have an extensive wellness program.

"This has been successful already," Jakse said.

"We also have people who work in big businesses participating. We're really servicing all businesses here at different levels."

If the program goes well, Jakse said it could return next year.

Registration for the Slim to Win program can be completed online at Dublinchamber.org/SlimtoWin and must be done by Jan. 14.

Future Healthy Dublin activities include "Diet Survivor: Comparing the Popular Fad Diets" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center with registered dietician Larissa Brophy; and "Concussion Facts for Student Athletes and Parents" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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