JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

YMCA First Coast Games kick off Saturday as more than 1,000 employees from ten First Coast companies begin progress on losing a ton of weight in just eight weeks.

The YMCA?s annual corporate wellness challenge is presented by VyStar Credit Union.

The 8-week challenge offers employees from participating Northeast Florida companies an opportunity help increased their physical activity and access to a host of exercise and nutrition resources. The more than 1,000 participants will receive initial screenings for blood glucose and body composition.

The Games consist of three main components: wellness challenges, competitive challenges and recreational challenges. Final results will be announced at the closing ceremony at the Jacksonville Landing on December 1.

Companies participating in the 2011 Games include Beeline, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, British Airways, Brooks, City of Jacksonville, Crowley, Deutsche Bank, LPS/FIS, UF & Shands Jacksonville and VyStar Credit Union.