The Times' Lose 17 in '17 weight-loss contest kicked off this week, challenging 17 Region residents to drop at least 17 pounds this year.
The person who loses the largest body-weight percentage in 2017 wins a free year's gym membership. The 2016 winner, Joyce Trelinski, of Munster, dropped more than a fifth of her body weight.
The participants had their initial weigh-ins this week at the Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness gyms in Chesterton and Schererville. The Times will check in on the contestants and update the leaderboard monthly, in the hopes of informing Times readers what works and what doesn't when it comes to weight loss.
Here are this year's participants: