Lighten Up Ocean Springs

FREE, Community-based 8 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, two-month 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 two months 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, exercise classes, nutrition classes, 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 spread to Pascagoula last fall, with 574 people joining.   One new aspect of the program this year already: free, pre-diabetes screenings!  We welcome your ideas and suggestions for additional events and prizes, and any way you or your business might like to be involved!  We need to build and finalize the calendars by February 17th!  We will begin advertising this event to the public in the coming weeks.


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


srhs Ocean Springs hospital

3109 Bienville Boulevard, Ocean Springs, MS


Java Jo'z Coffee & More

2018 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS


Paddles Up! @ OS Harbor

1310 Harbor Rd, 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


Inspire Studios (inside vega bellydance)

6819 Washington Ave. - Suite G, Ocean Springs, MS


Mosaic Tapas Restaurant & Bar

1010 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS


Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine

1223 Government St, 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 1: 5-7p @ YMCA

Thursday, March 2: 7-9a & 5-7p @ YMCA

Friday, March 3: 7-9a @ YMCA


FINAL WEIGH Out options

Thursday, April 27: 5-7p @ YMCA

Friday, April 28: 7-9a @ YMCA

Saturday, April 29: 8:30-10:30a @ Fort Maurepas Park (Rain: YMCA)

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:
    • Nutrition talks & demonstrations
    • Exercise classes
    • Family fun events



FREE participant Packets

  • Lighten Up Ocean Springs Calendar
  • Participant ID Card
  • Consultations with registered nurse, exercise physiologist, and certified fitness trainer
  • Discounts on healthy menu items at local restaurants
  • Gym bag and water bottle
  • Pre-diabetes screening
  • Healthy handouts and information
  • 5210 Challenge
  • And so much more!

for more information


Call: Kelsey Keel @ (228) 369-2912

Want your organization or BUSINESS to get involved?

We'd love for your local business or organization to participate!  We want to make this event the best it can be!  Start thinking of great ideas and ways to help bring our community together and be healthier together.


Have a prize you'd like to donate for the raffle?

All participants who reach or exceed their weight loss goal will be entered into the raffle - let's celebrate them!  You could donate fitness memberships/passes, gift cards, healthy gift baskets, fitness equipment, etc. - the possibilities are endless!

FREE EventS, Programs & DISCOUNTS

MS Gulf Coast YMCA

Singing River Health System

Tri-Hard Sports

Java Jo'z

CrossFit Ocean Springs

Downtown Yoga

FLEX Group Fitness

Mosaic Tapas Restaurant & Bar

Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine

Paddles Up!






City of Ocean Springs

MS Gulf Coast YMCA

Singing River Health System