Coalition launches weight-loss initiative with metric ton goal

An eight-week initiative to help Webster County residents lose weight is getting ready to begin Monday.

The Commit to Fit program is the first major initiative launched by the Healthy Webster County Coalition.

Lindsay Kavanaugh, community wellness coordinator for the Webster County Health Department, said the goal of Commit to Fit is to see Webster County residents lose a metric ton of weight by Sept. 28.

“With this first eight-week program we will offer tips and healthy motivation on our Facebook page,” Kavanaugh said. “We just want to focus on different activities that they can do just to get outside and get moving.”

While the coalition itself doesn’t have a specific program, Kavanaugh said the goal is to get Webster County to lose weight.

“We mainly want to spread the word about the Healthy Webster County Coalition and increase the wellness of Webster County,” she said. “This first Commit to Fit series gets people out there and gets them moving to start to get healthy.”

Those who are interested in participating can sign up by visiting Amber Kastler, Fort Dodge Hy-Vee dietitian, who will help participants with their first weigh-in.

Kavanaugh said Kastler will be available from Monday through Wednesday between 11 a.m. to p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

She added weigh-ins will also be held at the Webster County Fair and at the New Cooperative locations in Badger, Clare, Duncombe, Otho, Roelyn and Vincent.

“If they don’t want to do that, they can also email their weight to,” Kavanaugh said.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a free wrist band.

Kavanaugh added the whole process will be confidential.

If the first Commit to Fit is successful, Kavanaugh said the coalition will have more countywide events.

“Maybe they’ll focus on something else instead of weight loss,” she said. “We just want to try to become a healthier county as a whole.”

Anyone with questions is asked to visit the Health Webster County Facebook page or email