The Healthy U 'Night of Inspiration' is set for Thursday, January 3 at Smith-Cotton Junior High School Auditorium.

A press release from Bothwell Regional Health Center says the class of 2018 has collectively lost more than 475 pounds this year, and the community is invited to help celebrate at a Night of Inspiration. The event begins at 6:30 p.m and is free to attend.

Three awards will be presented to Healthy U “graduates” at the 'Night of Inspiration.' Prizes include a bicycle from Pro-Velo, a Best of Bodyworks pamper package from Bodyworks Day Spa, New You New Room gift certificates from Dugan’s Paint & Flooring Centers and other items to help participants sustain their weight loss.

“The end of the program is always so bittersweet, but we look forward to watching each of them continue along their healthy lifestyle journey,” said Melissa Guffin, community outreach coordinator at Bothwell Regional Health Center and co-chair of the Healthy Living Action Committee (HLAG). “This is never the end for them, but a celebration of their efforts thus far in their journey and a way to help them accomplish more goals.”

The Class of 2019 also will be announced during the evening. About 90 people applied for the 2019 program, and 22 semifinalists were interviewed before the final 12 were selected, according to Bothwell. They will be paired with board buddies/mentors and nutrition coaches for a year. As with past classes, they will share their journey with the community through media interviews, volunteering, Facebook posts and community events.

Bothwell says other community components of Healthy U include public cooking demonstrations, Moving 101 events at local fitness facilities and other partnership locations and a Couch to 5K program that will kick-off February 21. All of the Moving 101 events and Healthy U activities are free and open to the public.

Healthy U is a project of Healthy Living Action Group (HLAG), which includes BRHC, Katy Trail Community Health, Pettis County Health Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri and University of Missouri Extension.

HLAG is one of three coalitions formed by the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Health and Wellness Subcommittee.

Healthy U sponsors for 2018 included HLAG agencies along with W-K Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and family of dealerships, Printlynx, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia, Ditzfeld Container & Trash Services, B & P Excavating, Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, Missouri Bank II, Interstate Studios & Publishing Company, General Cable, Rick Ball Ford-Sedalia, Central Bank of Sedalia, Callis Integrated Marketing and Owens Corning. Community partners and supporters this year were Sedalia Wellness Center, Total Fitness Gym, Elite Fitness, Brian's Gym, Crossfit Sedalia, Curves, Snap Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Dugan’s Paint & Flooring Center, State Fair Community College, Miracle Massage, Vincent’s Footwear & Apparel, Bodyworks Day Spa, Sedalia Area Farmers Market, Sedalia School District #200, Woods Supermarkets, Pro-Velo and Sedalia Parks and Recreation.

New sponsors, community partners and supporters for 2019 include, Salon Bash, Subway, Wilson Toellner & Associates LLC, Sedalia Surgery Center, Tyson Foods Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Edward Jones-Joe Fluty, Remax-Ashlee Martin, Landmann Title, Wool & Associates, Premier Realty Group, Nucor, The Breathing Room and Broadway Presbyterian Church.

More information about Healthy U can be found on Facebook or by calling 827-9138.

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Kurt Parsons

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