RiverDogs, MUSC team up with 'Lighten Up Charleston' for Bigger Loser Competition

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs' "Healthy Challenge" will soon be underway.

In following with the City of Charleston's "Lighten Up Charleston," a program for locals that fights obesity, the Class A affiliate of the 27-time World Series Champions New York Yankees have partnered with the Medical University of South Carolina and "Lighten Up Charleston" to create the "RiverDogs Healthy Challenge."

"We all know that this country is facing an epidemic of obesity, a major factor of poor health in America," said long-time Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. "We developed this tool to help discover the wonderful healthy options that surround you in our community."

The community's goal is to lose 100,000 pounds.

Weigh-ins start April 23 and the contest continue through the duration of the season. Final weigh-in and presentation of winners/prizes will be August 20.

Contestants may join/register through "Lighten Up Charleston" during any of the RiverDogs' Tuesday games. After the initial weigh in, fans can "check-in" online through the "Lighten Up Charleston" website.

Weigh-ins will be conducted in Doby's Deck No. 1 and "Lighten Up Charleston" will have online registrations there.

Prizes will be awarded and they include two RiverDogs season tickets for the 2014 season, two MUSC Wellness Center personal training sessions and a body composition test. MUSC Urban Farm will also provide fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden, healthy cooking tips and recipes, plus a complimentary tour and educational session on a topic of the winner's choice for up to 20 people. "Lighten Up Charleston" will provide four tickets to the Old Exchange Building, four tickets to the Old Slave Mart Museum, and a foursome at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course.

Fans must be present for the final Tuesday home game of the season on August 20 against the West Virginia in order to claim the winning prizes.