Lighten Up Ocean Springs

FREE, Community-based 6 week Weight Loss Challenge


Lighten Up Ocean Springs is a program offered by Let’s Go! Gulf Coast, an initiative of the MS Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition.  Let's Go! Gulf Coast is all about healthy eating and active living for MS Gulf Coast children, their families, and the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play!
Lighten Up Ocean Springs will be a free, six-week weight loss challenge.  The program aims to bring the entire community together in order to improve the health of its citizens and create a culture of healthy habits!  While targeting ‘health seekers,’ people who wish to lead healthier lives but are uncertain of where to begin, the program is open to anyone who wishes to improve upon their health.
The core essence of the program is the Lighten Up Ocean Springs Calendar.  The calendar depicts the six weeks the program operates and will list free events for participants to attend, by showing their Participant ID Card, 
each and every day.  Events will include, but not be limited to, group fitness classes, community bike rides, and healthy family events.

We are really hoping to expand and enhance the program this year - build on the success from last year!  The Lighten Up program first launched in Ocean Springs during the spring of 2016, where 376 people joined the program.  Participation grew even more when the program was repeated in 2017, with 425 people joining. 


You can view the calendars of all the free events below!  Simply click on what month you'd like to view, and then calendar will open in a new window.  Remember, you need to show your ID card in order to attend the events for free!

Event locations/addresses

As local businesses, restaurants, organizations, and clubs agree to participate in this amazing community event, then their addresses will also be listed here, to help direct participants to locations that may be new to them!

Fort Maurepas park

499 Front Beach Dr, Ocean Springs, MS


FLEX Group Fitness

2202 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS


Downtown Yoga

2429 W Commerce St # C, Ocean Springs, MS


Java Jo'z Coffee & More

2018 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS


Paddles Up! @ OS Harbor

1310 Harbor Rd, Ocean Springs, MS


Froghead Grill

1618 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS


Coffee Fusion

2228 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS


MS Gulf Coast YMCA

1810 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS


CrossFit Ocean Springs

1316 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS


Tri-Hard Sports

430 Porter Ave, Ocean Springs, MS


Mosaic Tapas Restaurant & Bar

1010 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS


Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine

1223 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS


Naturel Juice Bar & Cafe

705 Bellande Ave, Ocean Springs, MS


prep - meal prep by kug

1056 Thorn Ave, Ocean Springs, MS

To join the program, all you have to do is stop by the MS Gulf Coast YMCA during one of the initial weigh ins!


Wednesday, March 14: 4-7p 

Thursday, March 15: 7-9a & 4-7p

Friday, March 16: 7-9a


Thursday, April 5: 4-7p

Tuesday, April 10: 4-7p

FINAL WEIGH Out options

Monday, April 30: 7-9a & 4-6p

Tuesday, May 1: 7-9a & 4-6p

All weigh ins will be at the MS Gulf Coast YMCA - 1810 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS

What participants RECEIVE

Lighten Up OCean Springs Calendar

  • Free events will be listed for each day for participants to attend as they wish, by only showing their Participant ID Card
  • Events will include, but not limited to:
    • Group fitness classes
    • CrossFit
    • Community Bike Rides
    • Family fun events

FREE participant Packets

  • Lighten Up Ocean Springs Calendar
  • Participant ID Card
  • Consultation with certified fitness trainer
  • Discounts on healthy menu items at local restaurants
  • Gym bag and other goodies
  • Healthy handouts and information
  • 5210 Challenge
  • And so much more!

for more information

Email: or

Call: Kelsey Keel @ (228) 369-2912