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April 25, 2014

Health department begins weight-loss competition

Live Oak —

The Florida Department of Health in Suwannee County has announced its Biggest Loser competition which is underway and will end Aug. 1, according to Rob Wolfe, coordinator for the Biggest Loser program.

According to Wolfe, teams are currently being formed among participating agencies in our county. Each business will designate a team captain who will conduct weekly weigh-ins for team participants. Each team captain will identify a winner at the end of the 14-week competition based on the greatest percentage of weight lost. There will be two categories of winners for this competition. A prize will be awarded to one individual on each team who loses the greatest percentage of weight; and a prize will be awarded to the team that loses the greatest total number of pounds.  

Wolfe said individual winners will be awarded a $50 gift card and the winning team will receive a group prize to be announced at a later date. 

“Live Oak City Hall was one of the first groups to sign up in Live Oak for the Biggest Loser Suwannee Competition,” Wolfe said. “The competition will encourage healthy food choices and increased exercise among participants. Each participant will receive a pedometer to track activity in steps (miles) per day and the number of calories burned.” 

The Biggest Loser for Suwannee County is being coordinated by Wolfe and is made possible by a grant through the FDOH.  

“This grant supports the efforts of the Suwannee Health Advisory Group (SHAG) to improve the health of Suwannee County residents,” Wolfe said. “SHAG has implemented a community health improvement plan that includes activities to increase physical activity and improve nutrition and achieve a healthy weight.”

He continued, “Our ancestors didn’t have to count calories, they did physical chores each day. This burned all the calories they consumed.  The advance of technology has turned us to an inactive society.  Our bodies were meant to be active, and a simple exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other diseases.” 

For more information, please call (386) 362-2708.

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