"Right from the very beginning, we're going to be asking them to keep track of what they eat and when they eat it. That way, we can work with them individually," said Osborne Long. "It'll be important to look at all those factors because, truly, we want people to stick with this and make the commitment."
Steve Peters, the city's superintendent of recreation, said the program is "a really great opportunity," especially considering some alarming statistics out there.
Fifty-six percent of Clinton County adults and 43 percent of children ages 2-19, he said, are considered "at risk" or overweight.
"Those are really big numbers," said Peters.
Though in line with the national average, Peters said that number still presents a challenge to be overcome.
"With today's lifestyles, it's a really big challenge to be motivated to get out there and do things," he said. "We're hoping this structure will help people recognize the benefits of healthy activities and then be able to capitalize on that and be a little bit healthier because of it."
The support system the program will focus on - rather than offering prizes at the end like the television show - will hopefully be all the motivation participants will need, said Osborne Long.
"What we plan to do is recognize the group as part of Mayor's Cup activities in July, possibly introducing them and announcing how much they lost as a group, recognizing all of them for their hard work," she said. "What we're really looking for is people to make lifestyle changes, making changes in their eating habits, their exercise routine - really how they approach each day."
"We can't pull people off the couch to do it," said Peters. "There has to be the desire, a passion within, and this is really the vehicle, the mechanism to help people take that first step."