FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Jump into Weight Loss at the Go For Bold Pledge & Plunge Inaugural Event
Cascade, Md. (Dec. 30, 2022) – As many jump on the bandwagon of weight loss at the start of
a New Year, Healthy Washington County and Fort Ritchie Community Center are providing a
great opportunity to help everyone get started!
The Go For Bold Pledge & Plunge that takes place Jan. 1, 2023, will bring together those willing
to brave the cold waters of Lake Royer at Fort Ritchie. The New Year’s Day plunge kicks off a
three-month effort to lose 1,000 pounds total among all of the participants, before celebrating
with a second plunge April 1.
“Oftentimes, joining with a group of like-minded people and having a goal and a timeframe in
mind can really help us with weight loss,” says Danielle Stahl of the Washington County Health
Department, one of the sponsors of the Pledge and Plunge. “Each of us will register our initial
weight, spend three months making healthier food choices, increasing our activity level and
being mindful of stress and other reasons we may not always eat well or exercise. When we
come back to Fort Ritchie on April 1 – not an April Fool’s trick – we weigh in again and jump for
joy in the lake in celebration of our accomplishments!”
Pre-registration for the Go For Bold Pledge and Plunge is available online at
www.thefrcc.org/plunge. Participants may also register on-site at noon, Jan. 1, at the Fort
Ritchie Community Center, before the plunge at 1 p.m. A $25 donation toward rural health
opportunities and youth programs and activities at the center will be collected with each
registration. Participants are encouraged to find friends and family members to sponsor them
for the funds. The sponsorship form is available at https://healthywashingtoncounty.com/wpcontent/uploads/2022/12/G4B-Plunge-sponsorship-form.pdf.
“Fort Ritchie is thrilled to host this revamped, fun event alongside the health department, M&T
Bank and Meritus Health,” says Buck Browning, executive director of the community center.
“Providing activities that support healthy lifestyles and enhance the quality of life for the
residents of our community and the surrounding area is the mission of the Fort Ritchie
Community Center, making this partnership a natural fit for our team.”
Go For Bold Pledge and Plunge participants can keep track of their weight loss at
HealthyWashingtonCounty.com, as well as take advantage of the numerous health and wellness
resources online there. A health fair is being planned for the day of the second plunge – April 1,
2023 – at Fort Ritchie.