|Health challenge draws 67 teams|
A total of 67 two-person teams stepped on the scale last week, weighing in as participants in this year’s Hamilton County Health Challenge.
Eight individuals are already winners, after a first round of drawings designed to help participants begin living healthier lifestyles. Brad Bangs, director of rehabilitation services at Memorial Community Health, Inc., said the winners will receive two-month memberships, effective immediately, to either Jazzercise or the Aurora Fitness Center, both sponsors of this year’s challenge.
Winners of the Jazzercise memberships included Shelby Thieszen, Lisa Sullivan, Christina Cerveny and Jordan Timm. Winners of the Aurora Fitness Center memberships were Elisa Foged, Pam Williams, Kelvin Shearer and Maloree Johnson.
“It was a great turnout,” said Dane Sutherland, a Cerner employee and co-owner of the Aurora Fitness Center. “It’s fun now that folks are starting to customize their team and personal page with photos or funny sayings. I’ve noticed that people are already entering their weights as well.”
One key piece of information Sutherland wanted to share is that it is not possible for participants to register online now that the challenge has begun.
• Start using your site and customizing it as you go. The more you put into this the more you will get out of it.
Sara Sutherland encouraged participants to set goals, if they haven’t done so already.
“It takes 21 days to make a habit,” she said. “Lifestyle changes are simple in theory, but not always easy. You have to know what you want and go for it.”
Cerner Corporation used this online weight loss challenge tool with its own associates recently, along with several other communities throughout the United States. To date, 19,400 participants have lost a combined 69,802 pounds.
Prizes this year are $500 for the team with the highest percentage of weight loss. The second place team will receive $300, with $200 going for third. Another $100 will be awarded to the team with the most creative name.
The 2013 Health Challenge sponsors include MCHI, the Aurora News-Register, Jazzercise, the Aurora Fitness Center, Aurora Mall, Jim’s U-Save Pharmacy and Pinnacle Bank.