The final tally is in and participants in Ministry Health Care’s Merrill Community Weight Race lost a total of 1,360 pounds during the four-month program which wrapped up on May 1st.
160 participants began the journey on February 7th and 130 finished the race designed to encourage teamwork to loose weight and make a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.
A as part of the final program and awards, Robert Sedlacek, M.D., of Ministry Medical Group’s Merrill Clinic outlined how programs like the Community Weight Race can build the foundation for a life filled with wellness.
“Wellness is the process of becoming aware and making conscious choices toward a more balanced and healthy lifestyle,” Sedlacek told those who completed the program. “It’s much more than nutrition and exercise, its multi-dimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and the environment.
The Top Team measure by total percentage of body fat lost was ‘Weapons of Mass Reduction.” Team members Marge Johnson, Tim Tarras, Terri Pankow, Jeni Blaubach and Audrey Jensen combined to loose 7.85-percent of their body weight for a total of 89.6 pounds. The second place finishers were Merrill Fire Fighters-Rockstars #1 who lost 6.99-percent and a total of 65.6 pounds.
Individuals top finishers in the Merrill Community Weight Race were: Female Division, Jeni Blaubach with 12.19-percent and Terry Pankow with 10.22-percent. In the Male Division, John Kraegenbrink took top honors by losing 13.21-percent of his body weight followed by Brandon Heglund with 6.96-percent.
Participants also completed weekly challenges for the chance to win additional prizes.
Winners included Sally Zimmerman, Renee Meyer, Sharon Schubert, Karen Wojciechowski, Alice Heglund, Mike Ravn, Sandy Berndt, Karen Krueger, Carol Gutenberger, Audrey Jensen, Kim Messerschmidt, Debi Fehr, Alma Pecina.
Door prize winners included Alice Heglund, Jean Ravn, Lesa Mackin and Jeni Blaubach.
For their efforts, Weapons of Mass Reduction take possession of a traveling trophy and the opportunity to defend their title in next year’s Community Weight Race.