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Transformation Nation Triad (TNT), a free 16-week group training program, helped participants at the Yadkin Family YMCA lose nearly 1,200 pounds.

Across the region, the program helped more than 1,200 participants lose a cumulative 11,996 pounds. The program was led by YMCA personal trainers and wellness coaches to provide support, motivation and instruction to make healthy lifestyle changes. YMCA locations across Northwest North Carolina participated.

The top two winners at each participating YMCA of Northwest North Carolina branch were awarded prizes based on the highest percentage of weight loss. First place winners received a free six-month membership to the YMCA, and second place winners received a free three-month membership to the YMCA. A third winner was selected randomly from all participants who attended 12-15 sessions to receive a YMCA Gift Certificate.

First place was awarded to Karen Myers, second place was awarded to Janet Epley, and Amy Childress won the random drawing.

“We are so proud of the hard work from all of the Transformation Nation Triad participants,” said Becky Serine, Wellness Director at the Yadkin Family YMCA. “Our YMCA trainers and nutrition experts from Novant Health provided the knowledge and motivation, but the participants really put in the effort to make this possible.”

The program was a partnership between WXII News 12, Novant Health, and local YMCAs. The weight loss journey was featured on air by WXII News 12 and included weekly group workouts at the YMCA, weekly weigh-ins, daily exercise schedule, nutrition information from Novant Health, childcare provided during normal operating hours, and a free t-shirt for all participants.

“The weight loss achieved is incredible, but what we hear from participants is that the relationships they form with their trainers and fellow group members, as well as the changes that happen with their self-confidence and overall health are the best benefits of TNT,” said Serine.

YMCAs offer similar boot camps and group training programs year-round. To learn more about health and wellness programs offered at the YMCA, visit yadkinymca.org or call 336 679 7962.

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