- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Three state parks in west Tennessee are partnering to offer a weight-loss competition modeled after the TV show “The Biggest Loser.”

Chickasaw State Park Ranger Scott Easley told The Jackson Sun (https://bit.ly/1NggREF) that the Get Fit with Tennessee State Parks contest is a way for people to get out and get in shape.

“It’s really about getting out and making an effort, and letting people enjoy these parks,” Easley said.

Those who want to participate can weigh in at Chickasaw, Pinson Mounds and Natchez Trace state parks on Saturday. A final weigh in will be held on June 27. The person who loses the largest percentage of body weight will win two free nights in a cabin at either Chickasaw or Natchez Trace.

Throughout the contest period, there will be multiple weigh-ins, and people can keep track of their own progress and that of others through a Facebook group.

Easley said he hopes the contest will encourage people to not only live healthier, but to get out and enjoy state parks.

He said state officials are working hard to improve fitness, and this is one way parks can contribute.

“We said, ‘Why not get the public involved, who are in our parks every day?’ “

Pinson Mounds ranger Amanda Gurganus said she is trying to arrange activities that will complement the contest, such as special walks with rangers.

“This is not only about getting fit,” Gurganus said. “It’s about getting out in the outdoors and getting to know your state parks.”

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Information from: The Jackson Sun, https://www.jacksonsun.com

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