Biggest LoserThis week, Perry Wellness Center began a new activity that we hope will be a winner – or should we say “loser”? It’s a new weight loss program, modeled on the popular NBC TV show, “The Biggest Loser.”

The program kicked off with a weigh-in on Monday, November 18. The entry fee for the competition was $3 for peers and $5 for staff. Project director Nakia Rhone and treasurer Shanesha Edge were selected by the group, and all rules for the competition were established by peers. The rules are simple:

  1. In order to become involved, peers/staff must weigh in at the beginning and end of the competition.
  2. Names and weights will be private and not for public review.
  3. The winner will be declared based upon who loses the larges percentage of weight.
  4. In the event of a tie, there will be a tie breaker to select one winner.

Written suggestions were also offered to participants, including:

  1. If you choose to work in groups for the competition, you cannot complain if another member of the group loses more than you do.
  2. If you choose to do any kind of diet, find out if the diet is considered safe.
  3. We should hear no “bad-mouthing” of other contestants. We all need encouragement as we lose weight.
  4. Most importantly, have fun and lose weight to enjoy better health and wellness.

Peers – and staff – generally welcome the opportunity for a healthy challenge with others on the campus. We’re hoping that the weight-loss competition proves to be rewarding in many ways for our participants.

In the above photo, one unidentified peer places his feet firmly on the digital scale as he prepares to find out his baseline weight. Just remember – the more you weigh, the more you can lose!

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