WHITEHOUSE — A battle of the bulge is about to begin in Whitehouse.
Assistant City Manager Kevin Huckabee and Whitehouse High School Principal Duane Barber are challenging each other to get in shape through a program called Keep Whitehouse Fit. Barber and Huckabee also are encouraged to get a team of 10 people to participate.
“We had seen where Tyler had done it (through the 10 in 10 Challenge between Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel and Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde), so we were watching that and thought it would be a good thing for Whitehouse to do and encourage everyone to stay in shape,” Huckabee said.
The 12-week challenge will look at four factors — weight loss, body fat percentage, inches and appearance.
In the end, all proceeds will go to the YMCA, and there will be a team winner and a winner of the individual challenge between Huckabee and Barber.
So what is the leaders' goal going into the challenge? To beat each other and lose weight through diet and exercise. Barber hopes to lose 20 to 25 pounds while Huckabee hopes to lose 30 pounds.
He said he also hopes to promote a healthy lifestyle for the high school students who watch him participate.
Huckabee said he's excited to be involved and is confident he will beat his opponent.
“It's all fun and games, but I'm going to take it serious, and I am going to beat him despite what he says,” he said, adding that he thinks being in the public eye will provide incentive.
Anyone who wants to get a team of 10 together can register and weigh-in on Monday. The main registration time and weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m., but participants can register earlier that day. Huckabee said he is trying to encourage others to get involved, including the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It'll be fun. We'll raise money for the YMCA and get in shape while doing it,” he said.