Starting to feel the anxiety of squeezing into your summer wardrobe?

Some York City residents are entitled to a little weight-loss help at a deeply discounted price.

Thanks to a grant, York City announced a program in September that makes Weight Watchers memberships much more affordable to qualifying residents.

Participants can attend weekly meetings for $3 — a discount of $10 each — and gain free access to $19 a month worth of digital tools, such as point tracking, recipes and a barcode scanner.

Edquina Washington, a city spokeswoman, said the rules of the grant prohibit her from commenting on the number of participants. The city aimed to enroll about 150 people within a year.

"I know that we are doing pretty well on that goal," Washington said.

She said the city recently added a new meeting time, giving participants a menu of three options — Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

To qualify, a person must live in York City, have a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher and meet the federal standards for poverty.

The program is open to adults only.

"Hopefully, when our parents are eating healthier and cooking healthier and having healthier behaviors, then that transfers down to their children," Washington said.

City residents have a chance to learn more and sign up at three registration drives this week.

The first is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the George Street Commons community room, 231 S. George St.

On Wednesday, residents can sign up at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 101 S. George St., or at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Charter School, 559 W. King St.

Registration is ongoing, however.

For more information, contact Melanie Quigley, of the city Bureau of Health, at (717) 849-2340 or, or visit

— Reach Erin James at