2014 Weight Loss Challenge Results In Big Losses for Hundreds of West Georgia Residents
By rfaries on in Exercise Challenge
Hundreds of west Georgia residents celebrated a personal health victory at this year’s Mayfest. The Get Healthy West Georgia 2014 Weight Loss Challenge marked its grand finale with a Big Reveal awards ceremony at the community festival in Carrollton on Saturday, May 3.
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at 11:00 a.m. under Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well tent on Bradley Street for the announcement of the challenge winners. Tanner’s registered dietitian Melissa Brillhart hosted the awards presentation that recognized the top three finalists in team and individual categories.
Since the kickoff in January, participants across west Georgia have been tracking their weight, food intake and exercise with the tools provided through the Web site www.GetHealthyWestGeorgia.org. A total of 1,738 residents of Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties weighed in at the start of the 12-week challenge, and 70 teams of 5 to 10 members each joined the challenge together.
Participants earned points on the Get Healthy West Georgia Web site by logging exercise and food intake, blogging and participating in weekly challenges. Members also earned points by competing in local walking and running events and by attending Tanner’s Healthy For Life class series. More than 500 people have attended the classes at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton this spring.
The weight loss challenge hosted final weigh-ins during the last week of April, with a total of 414 people recording their official weights. The combined total weight loss during the challenge period was 3,205 pounds. That is an average weight loss of 7.7 pounds per person.
In addition to the members of Get Healthy West Georgia, more than 70 participants in Tanner’s National Diabetes Prevention Program have been logging their weight each week. Some individuals participated in both programs and achieved significant weight loss with the combined support of Get Healthy West Georgia’s online resources and weekly small group meetings for the diabetes prevention program. Tanner’s Get Healthy, Live Well initiative plans to study the effects of these multiple touchpoints for health promotion programs as part of its overall evaluation report to the CDC next December.
Evidence shows that losing just 5 to 10 pounds can dramatically reduce a person’s risk for a number of serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, sleep apnea, dementia and cancer. The individuals who successfully completed the challenge have made great strides toward improving their health and enhancing their quality of life.
The team with the highest points total accumulated 50,932 points in the challenge. Each member received a $50 gift card from The Cotton Mill Farmers Market.
The highest team weight loss percentage award also went to the Go Getters, with an average weight loss of 7.8% per person. The percentage was calculated by the total team percentage divided by the number of team members to get the average. Each member of the team received a Fit Bit Flex valued at $100.
- 1st Place: The Go Getters with 6.45 % average weight lost
- 2nd Place: HCMS Braves with 6.13% average weight lost
- 3rd Place: Losing to Live HC with 3.89% average weight lost
Team Go Getters won both the highest percentage weight lost and highest points accumulated. The team members include Denise Ainsworth, Krista Carnes, Kim Garmon, Lee Haynes, Barbara Miley and Zabrina Wright.
This year’s grand prize winner was Jennifer Butts, who lost 13.57% of her total body weight. She was awarded an Apple iPad by a random drawing of challenge participants who lost at least 10 percent of their total body weight.
The man with the highest number of points was John Crosby, with a total of 5,276 points. John also won the men’s points category in 2013, and has been a devoted participant in the challenge since its inception.
The woman with the highest number of points was Krista Carnes with a total of 13,792 points.
The woman with the highest percentage of weight lost was Kristina Wickman-Danson with 13.60% of total weight lost.
- 1st place with 13.60% weight lost: Kristina Wickman-Danson
- 2nd place with 13.57% weight lost: Jennifer Butts
- 3rd place with 13.07% weight lost: Debra Clefisch
The man with the highest percentage of weight lost was Justin Richards with 21.23% of total weight lost.
- 1st place with 21.23% weight lost: Justin Richards
- 2nd place with 20.85% weight lost: Matt Young
- 3rd place with 18.5% weight lost: Jeff Davis
The first place winners in each individual category received a Fit Bit Flex and prizes donated from GNC.
About Get Healthy West Georgia
Get Healthy West Georgia is a three-year initiative developed to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Led by Tanner Health System, Get Healthy West Georgia is made possible by an initial grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia and support from additional sponsors. It is also made possible through support from Get Healthy, Live Well, a community transformation grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).