By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador
Sillimanians who want to shed a few pounds before summer vacation may join the “40 Days Weight Loss Challenge” organized by the Silliman University Student Government Health Committee.
Created to curb obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle, the activity is open to any student who has a body mass index of 26 and above.
According to Health Committee Head Feliciano Mahinay II , participants will have 40 days to lose as much weight as they can through the help of counselors from the School of Medicine, the Physical Therapy Department and the Nutrition and Dietetics Department.
He added that the committee will be accepting 40 participants this year.
Students who want to apply may sign up between Jan. 20 to 25 at the SUSG office located on the first floor of the Oriental Hall.
The activity is a sequel to the “100 Days Weight Loss Challenge” last year which has been reduced to 40 days due to lack of funds.
Mahinay said they are currently looking for sponsors and partners and at the same time developing a new “outreach plan,” wherein every pound of weight that a participant loses is converted by sponsors to food donations for specific beneficiaries.