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People ranging from buff athletes to heavyset grandmothers waited in long lines Thursday evening to sign up, weigh in and undergo body fat analysis at the start of the 2008 Sedalia Fitness Makeover.

The makeover, with a new name and a new emphasis on health, will begin Monday, the registration deadline. Team captains and others gathered at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Building for a mini health fair, explanation of the rules, a pep talk by Dr. Doug Kiburz and an invigorating dancercize demonstration by Dana VanNatta, owner of Dana’s Dance Studio.

More than 700 people will try to weightlift, walk or wiggle their ways into better health over the next 10 weeks as part of the event sponsored by State Fair Community College and several businesses.

It’s the fifth year the college has sponsored the event, formerly named the Sedalia Fitness Challenge, in which teams of eight people compete to see which can accumulate the most points by participating in resistance training and cardiovascular exercises.

Workers from Bothwell Regional Health Center, Katy Trail Community Health and Pettis County Health Center checked people’s blood pressure, iron levels and blood sugar. Participants dropped their coats and kicked off their shoes before they climbed onto one of three scales.

Event organizer Dana Page acknowledged the body-fat composition analysis by Brian’s Gym was a highlight.

Gym owner Brian Spencer said the analysis is done as an infrared light scans a person’s biceps. Sometimes people can turn fat into muscle but don’t lose weight. They can see that progress in their body-fat composition.

Among waiting in line were Eddie and Dawn Bybee, two veterans of the fitness challenge. Eddie Bybee, 41, lost about 45 pounds during last year’s challenge and won the contest in that category. Dawn Bybee, 36, who also participates in Weight Watchers, has lost 89 pounds in a year, much of that during the challenge.

“It’s definitely a lifestyle change,” Dawn said. “It’s a neat program. We support it, and we are a little bit competitive.”

The Bybees will be part of the Buffs, which stands for “Bunch of Ugly Fat Friends,” Dawn said. “I’d like to lose another 40 pounds.”

Page characterized the turnout as “unbelievable. This is a great crowd. We hope people are in this for their own well-being.”

Linda Hoffman, captain of the Sedalia Welcome Club team, said she hopes to lose 15 pounds during the next 10 weeks. She likes the changes in the event.

“It’s nice they have more group activities, and it’s nice to have the screenings,” Hoffman said as she waited for a blood pressure check.

The challenge costs $10 per person. Brian’s Gym and Total Fitness are offering 10-week memberships to fitness makeover participants for $60. Dana’s will offer dance classes for $3 each, a $2 discount. Participants will receive a card at registration that will entitle them to discounts at businesses such as GNC and Healthy Habits.

For more information contact Page at 530-5808, ext. 7443.

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