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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Jackson County employees competing in weigh-loss contest
Love handles, thunder thighs, and muffin tops are just some of the areas Jackson County employees are targeting with an inter-office weight loss contest. More than 100 employees volunteered to participate in the County’s “Slim It and Win It” fitness challenge.
“This is our version of the TV show, just without the lights and cameras,” explained Janet Krebs, Human Resources Director. “Our contest has two categories- weight loss and Body Mass Index (BMI). The County employees who lose the most weight or have the most improved BMI will be our top prize winners.”
The first step of the competition was for employees to step on a doctor’s scale for a weigh-in and BMI check in August.
“The measurements were brutally honest,” Tara Lippe, Tax Assessors Office said. “But I need to see those numbers each month. Those numbers have kept me motivated all the way through this competition.”
The County teamed up with the Jackson County Health Department’s offices in Pascagoula and Ocean Springs for the weigh-ins. Medical staff from each office are calculating participants’ numbers. Michael J. Rice, Nursing Coordinator for the Health Department, says properly losing weight has tremendous health benefits.
“The benefits of healthy weight loss are so numerous; it can improve your heart, diabetes treatment, and energy levels. Our medical staff is pleased to provide these weigh-in services and partner with the County for this fitness challenge,” Rice said.
The four month challenge started in August and runs until the Thanksgiving Holidays. Employees have chosen a goal, a fitness routine that works best for them, and check in once a month. Lippe is using traditional fitness techniques for the contest.
“I’ve been going with a better diet and more exercise. But this time I’m committed. Almost our entire office is participating and it’s great to have the daily support group,” Lippe said.
So far, participants have averaged a four pound loss each month. For the County, the benefits of this healthy competition are beyond just medical.
“Personally, I want all of our employees to be healthy and happy but there is a bottom line benefit to the County. Healthy employees are more motivated, sick less often, and keep costs of our self funded insurance plan lower,” Krebs said.
The winners will be announced at a big wrap up ceremony. This is the second fitness challenge County Administrator Paula Yancey, HR Department, and the Public Info Office has organized in 2011. In the spring, County employees combined to walk 24,000 miles in five weeks.
• Donald Page, Recreation Dept., is weighed in by the staff at the JC Health Dept. for the County’s “Slim It & Win It” challenge.
• Tara Lippe (front) and her co-workers from the Tax Assessors Office get some exercise around the JC Health Dept. as part of the County’s “Slim It & Win It” challenge.
• V.J. McCreary and Vivian McCary (Circuit Clerk Office) get some good news at their second weigh-in at the Pascagoula Health Department.
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 by Nicole Grundel
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