Laguna Vista Invited to Take Weight Loss Challenge Today

SAM_5702Laguna Vista residents are invited to take “The Challenge” to eat well, lose weight and live healthy…and possibly win cash money in the process.

The Town, in partnership with the City of Brownsville, is launching the Lose Weight Challenge for its residents. Sponsored in conjunction with the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center, the Challenge is offered completely free of charge. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Registration for the three-month Challenge is scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. at Roloff Park in Laguna Vista.

Participants for the three-month program may register in  small groups of two to 10 people or large groups of 11 to 26 people. The large group winners are eligible to win $1,200 for first place and $200 for second place. Small group prizes are $600 for first place and $100 for second place.

Also, individual prizes will be awarded to the first and second place female at $200 and $50 respectively, and the individual male prizes are $200 for first place and $50 for second place.

Challenge winners will be determined by the percentage of weight loss, rather than by the actual amount of pounds lost. Those who finish the Challenge  will receive a $5 gift card for a 5 percent weight loss; $10 gift card for a 15 percent weight loss and $40 for a 20 percent weight loss.

Early registrants will receive a free T-shirt and water bottle.

The effort is part of the “Tu Salud Si Cuenta” program designed to educate the community about the importance of their heath, and to share information about the problems associated with being overweight and diabetes.

The program seeks to help identify the health risks the South Texas community and in designing creative solutions for this area’s unique population.

Research has found that 80 percent of South Texas residents were overweight or obese and one-third were diabetic—half of those people didn’t even know they had diabetes. One of the first things the research team did in response was launch “Tu Salud Si Cuenta,” a Spanish-language program on local TV and radio stations.

This article is from the Port Isabel Press by Martha McClain.



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Alta Monroe, Gayle Hood, Jules Wilk & Laurie Howell are a full-time professional and dynamic team known as the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island. Quality service for their clients is their number one priority. To them, it is about the client's needs and protecting their interests. Finding just the right property for their buyers or helping their sellers get their property SOLD is their goal. Helping clients step through the complicated process of buying or selling a property to a smooth closing is essential to them. A personal Bio on each of the team agents is posted on their website at The South Padre Island real estate industry is changing faster than ever these days. With the changes in the economy, there are new challenges with buyers, sellers, foreclosures, short sales, Internet marketing, our education, increases in inventories, changes in comparable sales, and frustrating politics. Alta, Gayle, Laurie, and Jules strive to stay on top of all of these changes and to keep in touch with their clients. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all hold designations they have acquired through eduction. These designations include CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN, ePRO, SFR and RSPS. Gayle and Jules both hold the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation and they are the ONLY agents in the entire Rio Grande Valley that are members of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This better qualifies them to share their specialized expertise with a luxury home seller or buyer. Making sure the buyer and the seller are represented correctly is a priority for this team. Investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is important to this team since TREPAC has proven to be a major force in Texas by lobbying for Realtors and property rights for the consumer. For many years, the Padre Elite Team has been a major investor in TREPAC. Alta and Gayle have attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. often. The conference is primarily for Realtors that are Board directors or executives. It is a great way to stay on top of the current issues facing Realtors and homeowners in our country. They get to meet with their Senators and Congressmen to express their concerns. Last year they were invited to attend the Realtor PAC President’s Circle Conference in New York where they heard many famous guest speakers regarding current real estate issues. The Padre Elite Team also attends the RE/MAX International Conference each year to acquire more education and to keep up with the latest technology available to Realtors in the Marketplace. They have received numerous awards for being Top Producers in the real estate industry. Education is a priority for this entire team including their assistant, Grace. The GOOD news is that 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 proved to be better each year for real estate sales in South Padre Island and the surrounding areas of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista/South Padre Island Golf Community, and Bayview. The real estate market is showing an increase in the number of sales and a leveling of values. Now that the market has hit the bottom, investors are finding that real estate is a great place to invest their money. It is still a buyer's market and a great time to buy. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all agree that it has been such a pleasure to live & work in a resort area such as South Padre Island. A hundred of your closest friends and family will visit when you live near the beach! Clients are always encouraged to contact them. For more information about this team and to view their blog, visit
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