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Join Peterson’s Biggest Losers Weight Loss Challenge, which begins Friday, February 16, 2018, with an initial weigh-in between 9-10 a.m. at the HAWC.


  • An individual will gain points for (1) weight loss, (2) body fat improvement, (3) total lifestyle change and (4) participation in scheduled activities.
  • Each participant will be monitored throughout the program to ensure that body weight loss goals are within healthy limits.


Each participant must weigh-in on the designated dates and times. All weigh-ins will be at the HAWC from 9-10 a.m. Weigh-in attire will be comfortable athletic clothes – no exceptions!

Quarter 1 Weigh-Ins

Initial Weigh-In – Friday, February 16
Additional Weigh-Ins – Friday, March 2; Wednesday, March 7; Wednesday, April 4; Wednesday, April 18.

Quarter 2 Weigh-Ins

Initial Weigh-In – Wednesday, May 2
Additional Weigh-Ins – Wednesdays: June 6; June 20; July 11; July 25.

Quarter 3 Weigh-Ins

Initial Weigh-In – Wednesday, August 8
Additional Weigh-Ins – Wednesdays:  August 22; September 5; September 19; October 3.

Quarter 4 Weigh-Ins

Initial Weigh-In – Wednesday, October 17.
Additional Weigh-Ins – Wednesdays:  November 7; November 21; December 5; December 19.


Participants in a Spin-A-Thon at the Fitness Center in November 2017.

Fitness Center Programs:  Aerobic Class/Zumba, Spin Class, Back-to-Basics, Spin/Aerobic-Thons, Functional Fitness Class


Prizes will be awarded quarterly to both a male and female participant for the following categories:

  • Percentage of Body Fat Lost
  • Total Lifestyle Change: Better nutritional choices combined with fitness.

Grand prize winner will be chosen based on all three categories.

Winners per quarter with two grand prize winners for overall chosen from quarterly winners.

For more information, call the Fitness Center at 819-556-4462, #1.



The Fitness Center encourages people to maintain physical and mental well-being through physical fitness. One of the simplest methods of staying fit – and one that requires the least amount of investment – is walking / jogging. A good pair of shoes is all that is really necessary.

The Fitness Center has a 5k/10k walking/jogging trail that begins on Ent Blvd. in front of the Fitness Center. Turn right on Ent Blvd. to Peterson Blvd. Turn right on Ent and continue to Dover St. and turn left (the Mission Support Group building is now on your right). Continue on Dover to Malmstrom and turn left. Follow the sidewalk that runs parallel to the golf course.

The 5k (3.1 miles) turnaround point is at the end of a fence line that is clearly marked with an arrow in the middle of the path. The 10k (6.2 miles) continues east and turns right at the fire station, and then left onto a dirt road that circles behind the fire station. Then turn back to the Fitness Center by reversing the route.

Walkers and joggers can also use the outside quarter track, located on the south side of the Fitness Center.

Walkers and joggers can also enjoy the Fit Trail, located in Captain David Lyons Memorial Park. The path is .75 miles long and has 15 stations that include muscular development and flexibility exercises of varying degrees of difficulty. The stations are placed some distance apart to permit cardiovascular work when jogging or walking between stations. Instructions are posted at each station. Using this Fit Trail can improve physical fitness.


Some people need a goal, a set distance, a finish line. That’s why Race America can be so much fun. You start in Boston, MA and map your way across America using five machines in this program – upright/recumbent bike, stair stepper, rowing machine, cross trainer/elliptical, and treadmill – to arrive in Los Angeles, CA. You will bike and walk the highways, row across lakes and rivers, and climb mountains.

Each stop has its mileage listed and the means of your getting there. For example, you will bike your way from Boston to Albany, NY (125 miles). From there you will bike to Syracuse (115 miles), treadmill to Buffalo (120 miles), row across Lake Erie to Toledo, OH (26 miles), and so on. You get the idea.

Sign up at the Front Desk. Check the Destination, Miles & Machines information to verify which machine to start with, and begin. Each time, be sure to record your mileage on the cards provided.


This is where the rubber meets the road – the Peterson Cycling Club. Meet outside the Fitness Center at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ride; return at 12:30 p.m. If bad weather keeps you from cycling outdoors, do a spin class or ride spin bikes in the Fitness Center. Have your meetings in the HAWC, and pick up tips about riding and equipment, and go to races together. The Cycling Club is free and open to all military ID cardholders. For more information, call the Special Programs director at 719-556-2767.



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