Harlingen women enter H-E-B Slim Down Showdown

HARLINGEN — It’s a little scary, but Michelle Giles remains resolute to participate in a program to exercise and learn better eating habits.

“You’re going into something that’s completely foreign because you really don’t know what to expect,” said Giles, 47, one of 30 participants in the Sixth Annual Slim Down Showdown held by H-E-B.

The Showdown is a 12-week contest to provide contestants with the information they need to develop a healthier lifestyle. The also can win cash prizes.

Participants from throughout Texas will begin the challenge Jan. 17 with a week-long Fit Camp in San Antonio. They had to fill out a lengthy online application and submit a picture and video. Participants were chosen based on their willingness to share their experience with others.

Experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare, Gold’s Gym and the CooperAerobicsCenter will work with the participants. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness, a news release says. After the camp, participants will be coached on better eating habits, including better selection of foods, healthier preparation and portion control.

Two of the participants, including Giles, are from Harlingen. The other is Chelsea Childress.

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