The Ravenswood Branch of the Jackson County Public Library will be getting their 2020 “Drop It!” Challenge started at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 7.

This program will focus on the importance of exercise, habit tracking, nutrition, and stress relief. The “challenge” portion, for those who desire to participate, will be a weight loss competition based on the highest percentage of weight lost during the program. Meetings will run bi-weekly until the final meeting and announcement of the challenge winner on March 31.

The program is free of charge. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. As before beginning any weight loss or fitness routine, participants are encouraged to consult their physician. Those who plan on taking part in the competition must attend the first meeting.

During this meeting, baseline weights will be taken and the topic for the evening will be centered on habit tracking.

“All too often, people begin their journey of self improvement without a written plan of what they hope to accomplish,” library assistant and facilitator of the program Nicolette Rhodes said. “Whether your goal is to drop stress, drop a bad habit, drop clutter and disorganization, drop excess weight, or a combination of those, you will achieve greater results if you have your goals listed. When you keep brief daily notes concerning your activities, you have a written record of your transformation. It keeps you focused.”

Other information including a schedule of the topics for each meeting, tips for healthy weight loss, how to calculate your overall percentage of weight loss, and more will be presented tonight.

The prize package for the winner of the competition is comprised from the generous donations from area businesses.

“We are so thankful for the support that local businesses are showing for this program; it has really shown the concern that they have for their community,” Rhodes said. “Special recognition and appreciation goes out to them: Amanda Greer Photography, Bee Haven Floral and Gifts, C98 The Bull, Elaine Corcovilos with For the Love of 31, Evergreen Florist & Christian Supply, Just For You Primitives, Hilltop Meats Fresh Meat Market, Mandy & Kate’s at Tetrick’s, Ravenswood Plaza Fitness Center, Right Thyme Herbs and Oils, Sego Valley Bazaar, and Value City Furniture in Parkersburg.”

Rhodes went on to say that they expect this will be a foundation program that the library can build on and offer related programs throughout the year. “It is exciting to begin 2020 with this challenge!,” Rhodes said. “We look forward to seeing everyone and getting this journey started.”