THE 1,000 POUND CLUB — More than 1,000 pounds have been shed as a result of two weight loss challenges organized by Brandy Cook, a certified personal trainer in Whitesburg. Piggybacking off of the success of the “New Year New You” 12-week challenge in which more than 100 people lost 504 pounds, Cook decided to create a “Spring into Summer” challenge. The second challenge resulted in the loss of 512 pounds with 131 attending Brandy’s classes at the Letcher County Recreation Center. Grand prizes of $250 were given to overall weight loss and overall body fat percentage. Leah Coots lost 50 pounds and Emily Kincer lost 11.8 percent of body fat. Cook’s next challenge will begin January 1 with a New Year fitness challenge. Classes are ongoing and newcomers are welcome.