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'Lose Weight in 8' underway

The second annual community-wide weight loss challenge has begun.

The eight-week effort, called "Lose Weight in 8," pits teams from across the New Richmond area against each other to see who can lose the most weight.

The challenge is sponsored by JA Counter & Associates and HealthPartners, along with the New Richmond Vitality Initiative.

According to Julie Bauermeister, marketing and event coordinator for JA Counter, a total of 62 teams with 248 individual participants have signed up for this year's challenge.

"We are very pleased with that turnout," Bauermeister said.

Just some of the fun, creative team names this year include: Weapons of Mass Reduction, Thighsman Trophy Winners, The Slimsons, Quatro Shrinko, Mission Slimpossibles, Flab 4 and Bye Bye Booties.

Participants will get their official weights taken between Jan. 19 and 25. The first week of the challenge kicked off Sunday, Jan. 20, and runs through Saturday, March 16.