It’s not too late to join Pounds Off Pulaski! Cynthia Hatcher, MS, RD, LD is Monday’s speaker

January 6, 2017

If you have been trying to escape this freezing weather, playing catch-up at work or school, or just haven’t gotten around to it, it’s not too late to register for the 5th Annual Pounds Off Pulaski (POP)!  
POP is a 12-week county-wide weight loss challenge sponsored by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.  POP is open to any individual aged 18 or over.  
If you would like to participate in this exciting program, you may still register online at or in person on Monday, January 9 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in the Conference Centers on the basement level. 
The registration fee is only $25.  Weigh-ins will begin at 4:30 p.m. for individuals who want to register for the program.  Those who have already registered can come to be weighed from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The program will follow at 6:00 p.m.
During the 12-week challenge, POP meetings will be held each Monday evening at the hospital.  These meetings are designed to provide support, information, and helpful tools to help participants keep on track so they can reach their personal goals.  Speakers at the meetings will provide information on a variety of subjects from exercise to nutrition to the psychology of weight loss to eating out.  Participants will also be able to weigh in at the weekly POP meetings to keep track of their progress.
Our first speaker on Monday, January 9, is Cynthia Hatcher MS, RD, LD.  Hatcher has been a Clinical Dietitian with Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for 23 years.  She obtained her Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Community Nutrition.  She has also worked as an instructor of Nutrition at Somerset Community College and Eastern KY University as well as a consultant dietitian for Hospice and The Neighborhood.  
Hatcher enjoys working with clients and the community to help them learn to make healthier lifestyle and nutrition choices, to help make communities healthier.  Her program, “POP into the New Dietary Guidelines” will help participants learn more about making good food choices, the importance of a balanced diet and meal planning.  Hatcher will provide attendees with a two-week diet program, complete with a cookbook featuring economical, easy-to-prepare meals that are both delicious and healthy. Attendees will also be able to sample some of the foods from the cookbook at the meeting.
POP participants also have the opportunity to earn incentive points that count toward fun prizes provided by community partners for meeting certain goals.  At the end of the challenge, the two males and two females who have the highest percentage of weight loss will win cash prizes.  All participants who lose 10 percent of their body weight will also receive a special prize. 
POP Community Partners who are providing discounts and opportunities for weight-loss success this year include: Club Fit 24 Hour Fitness, Fit Maxx, City of Somerset Rocky Hollow Recreation Center, Get Fit Athletic Club, Sk8ter’s Paradise, Turn it Up Dance and Fitness Studio and Zumba at First Baptist Church-Teresa Hail, Instructor. More Partners are still being added.
Additional partners who provide incentive prizes and program support include: Amedisys Home Health Care, Helping Hands Personal Care, Intrepid Home Health, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Lake Cumberland Weight Loss Center, Lake Cumberland Weight Loss Physicians, Lifeline Home Health, Pulaski County Extension Service, State Farm Insurance (Tammy Hill, Agent), and The Center for Rural Development.
The City of Somerset, Pulaski County Government and Somerset Mall are also partnering to provide opportunities for participants to get some healthy exercise by walking at walking tracks, parks and the Mall. Media partners include Forcht Broadcasting, iHeart Radio and The Commonwealth-Journal.
“We are grateful to have these excellent community partners for this exciting weight-loss challenge,” said Susan Ramsey Wilson. “Their support will not only help POP participants have a great time during the program, but will help them establish healthy lifestyle and exercise regimens for longer-lasting, positive results.”
For more information about Pounds Off Pulaski you may visit .  
If you should have any questions, contact Crystal Cox (606-451-2970), Susan Ramsey Wilson at (606-678-3264) or email