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Drop It 2020 goes on, despite virus

RAVENSWOOD — The fall Drop It 2020 Challenge hosted by the Ravenswood branch of the Jackson County Public Library system, reached its halfway mark at the beginning of this month and participants are seeing success as the group has collective lost nearly 105 pounds since the end of July.

This is the inaugural year for the challenge which focuses on weight loss but also helps participants “drop” stress, clutter, or to find ways to make life easier.

It was originally planned to only take place once a year but with the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicolette Rhodes, library assistant and program facilitator, felt it was necessary to create a second event to make up for some missed opportunities.

“(The year) 2020 was very unusual because we got interrupted in the spring. I felt it necessary to have a follow-up to keep the people motivated,” she said.

So far the competition has been in full swing with two individuals tied for the top spot and several others are not far behind with six weeks left to go, Rhodes said.

Participants are competing to win a sizable prize package with the help of donations from local businesses even in the Wood County area.

Some of the prizes include gift certificates for massages, nail salons, a photo session and more.

Walmart in Ripley also donated a special prize pack valued at $50 for the individual from the previous challenge who has maintained and shows the most progress in the current competition.

“We are so thankful for the generous donations from the area businesses that are supporting this program, library and community. We simply could not do this without them,” Rhodes said.

The participants keep in contact through a private Facebook group and weigh-ins are conducted outside the library in a socially distances manner.

“We’ve got that Facebook page so the women can feel comfortable discussing any changes they might be facing. We’re able to connect that way as opposed to the meetings we were able to have before. We’re lucky to have that venue,” Rhodes said.

Among the participants, they agreed the most rewarding part about the challenge is the group support, motivation and accountability.

Follow the the Jackson County Public Library Facebook page for updates on the competition or information about next year’s Drop It Challenge.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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