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ST. MARYS â After 20 weeks of hard work, dieting and exercise, participants of the Grand Health Challenge wrapped up this yearâs competition Thursday evening.
The Evening Leader Publisher Deb Zwez welcomed participants to the Grand Health Challenge finale, which was held at Memorial High School.
âIâd like to congratulate you all for being losers, but in losing, that youâre all winners,â Zwez said. âWe really had an extraordinary year this year because I think this year we had the fewest number of dropouts throughout the challenge.â
After attendance prizes were awarded, which included two memberships to area YMCA facilities and seven books written by past guest speaker Joe Piscatella were given out through the raffle as well, which were donated by Ronda Shelby.
âRonda and her late husband, Larry, were in the challenge about three years ago,â Grand Health System Community Outreach Coordinator Anne Larger said. âHer late husband, Larry, was actually the biggest male loser and he was a cheerleader for everyone on the team.â
Shelby also donated an additional $100, which was raffled off to one lucky participant in the Grand Health Challenge.
Zwez then announced the results for the Grand Health Family Challenge, which included six teams still in the running: In sixth place, âThe Winning Team,â having lost 0.05 percent of their starting weight; in fifth place, âLittle Debbie and the Snack Cakes,â having lost 1.53 percent of their starting weight; in fourth place, âCut Your Gut,â having lost 8.46 percent of their starting weight; in third place, âUnfit,â having lost 10.92 percent of their starting weight; in second place, âBe Happy,â having lost 12.56 percent of their starting weight. Having lost 16.67 percent of their starting weight, the winners of the family challenge were âEthan and the Popsicles,â which consisted of Pam, Kevin and Ethan Thomas, of Coldwater.
âWe just wanted to lose weight and be healthy,â Pam Thomas said. âEven if we didnât win the money, we did it for us and we feel better.â
The family plans to use the money toward a beach vacation, she noted.
The top 10 teams for the traditional challenge were then announced, which included: In 10th place, âGuts and Butts,â having lost 11.84 percent of their starting weight; in ninth place, âThe Breakfast Club,â having lost 13.15 percent of their starting weight; in eighth place, âThin in a Minute,â having lost 13.43 percent of their starting weight; in seventh place, âFat Boys,â having lost 13.82 percent of their starting weight; in sixth place, âSlim Jims to Be,â having lost 15.81 percent of their starting weight; in fifth place, âTPTH,â having lost 16.53 percent of their starting weight; in fourth place, âRound Mounds,â having lost 17.15 percent of their starting weight.
In third place, having lost 18.44 percent of their starting weight, was âSlim Possible,â which consisted of Lori Atha, Amy Bodell, Cheryl Young and Dave Young. âSlim Possibleâ received a check for $300. In second place, having lost 18.60 percent of their starting weight, was âThinspiration,â which consisted of Shelli Adams, Sue Braun, Dacia Nichols and Tim Nichols. âThinspirationâ received a check for $500.
The winners for the 2011 Grand Health Challenge, having lost 19.08 percent of their starting weight, was âFabulous Four,â which consisted of Holly Anderson, Bob Anderson, Anna Engel and Christie Freewalt. âFabulous Fourâ received a check for $1,000.
One âFabulous Fourâ team member shared how they became involved in the challenge, as well as what she learned in the process.
âWe had just gotten back from a trip to Disney World where we had all of the food we wanted for free,â Holly Anderson said. âWe went on vacation and the day we came back, I heard about the Health Challenge. So I called Christie and called Anna and was like, âWe need to lose weight, thatâs it, thatâs all there is to it,â and then I called Bob at work.â
Portion control and exercising are two aspects of the program Anderson said she would continue to incorporate into her everyday life. The team said they planned to use their winnings toward an evening at a comedy club.
âOnce again, on behalf of Anne and those of us at The Evening Leader and Wapakoneta Daily News, thank you all very much for your participation in this yearâs Grand Health Challenge,â Zwez saidÂ after all of the winners had been announced. âWe know the moneyâs a great motivator, but our point in bringing you all together in doing this kind of program is that everybody can adopt at least one, or two healthy habits so that we all can live longer and healthier lives and be on this planet just a little bit longer than maybe we would have before we started. So keep up the great work.â