New Ulm Nu–You kicked off Thursday and a lot more people are taking the challenge than originally expected.

The event started off with a weigh–in.

Participants can compete in individual or team weight–loss challenges.

Participants of the program get full usage of the facility which includes the walking track, pool, fitness center and 27 group exercise classes.

"So new year new you is a 60–day weight loss program that the rec center is offering through New Ulm parks and rec.  It's a 60–day challenge that gives participants of New Ulm access to our facility for 60 days and then we are offering supplemental programs to those that are members but also that non–members can attend as well," New Ulm Rec Aquatics and Fitness Coordinator Sandy Bromley said.

After 60 days, the people who took the challenge will be weighed again and can receive gift cards for finishing with the highest percentage of weight lost, highest percentage of inches lost and highest percentage of body fat lost.

--KEYC News 12