Local Students Taking Part in Fitness Competition

Meridian, Miss. Students and teachers from Southeast Lauderdale School are teaming up for a school-wide biggest loser competition.

Anderson Fitness in Meridian is helping four teams from Southeast in their body fat reduction goals. The participants are now halfway through the six week program, which includes a regular exercise routine with Anderson trainers and advice from nutritionists. 50 students and teachers are participating, which is more than Anderson trainers ever expected.

"It's been amazing," according to Adam Hodges at Anderson. "When I went out there, I expected maybe to have about 10 people, but about 50 of them joined up and they kept calling say, 'Hey, we've got two more people that want to join.' At some point, we had to cut it off and say, 'Okay, that's it,' and cut it off at 50."

Because of the enthusiasm from contestants, Hodges says Anderson is looking towards expanding this program to other schools.