By Arielle Estes, Community Relations Director – Rockcastle Regional Hospital
What’s a better motivation to lose weight than a little, friendly competition? After the Holidays, many lives are filled with resolutions to be healthier – exercising more and making better food choices. So, the Wellness Council at Rockcastle Regional Hospital decided to capitalize on the “New Year” motivation and challenge the Rockcastle County School System to a weight loss challenge. The results are in…and the school system was crowned the winner!
At the end of the six-week competition between hospital and school system employees, their work had resulted in the loss of 609.5 total pounds and 224.5 waistline inches.
The school system had 44 participants who completed the program and combined for the loss of 348.6 pounds and 92.5 waistline inches. The total percentage of weight loss for those completing the program was 4.25%. Brodhead Elementary School was named the winner within the school system and will house the “Walk It Off” trophy first. The trophy will then travel around to other schools. Individual school winners were: Mary Woodall (Mount Vernon Elementary), Harold Woodall (Roundstone Elementary), Stacy Spoonamore (Brodhead Elementary), Amy Sadler (Rockcastle County Middle School), Sherri McKinney (Rockcastle County High School) and Rebecca Isaacs (Central Office). Individual school winners received Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards.
“The Walk it Off Challenge was the diet/exercise commitment that I needed…100% dedication, determination and persistence gets it done,” said Stacy Spoonamore. “Meeting half of my weight loss goal during this challenge has been a tremendous inspiration that every step counts to a healthier life. It’s not about ‘having’ time; it’s about ‘making’ time!”
The hospital had 48 participants who completed the program and combined for the loss of 260.9 pounds and 132 waistline inches. The total percentage of weight loss for those completing the program was 2.78%. Jason Amyx, Activities, was the individual who completed the program and lost the greatest percentage of weight. Jason won $250 for his efforts. A team on the West Nursing Unit (Edith Barnett, Jenene McKinney and Renee Turner) completed the program and lost the greatest percentage of weight. They were able to choose the charity of their choice to receive $250 and chose “The Hope Fund” for local cancer patients.
“I have always loved competition, so Walk it Off was just the incentive I needed to lose weight. I set what I thought was an unrealistic weight loss goal of 20 pounds in six weeks because I like to push myself to succeed. I was quite surprised when I stepped on the scale at the end of the program and saw that I had lost 25.6 pounds,” said Jason Amyx. “I like that I am more conscious about my food choices now. It is a lesson I am happy I learned. My advice to myself and to others is ‘If you want something bad enough, there is nothing that can stop you from getting what you want and you can achieve your goal’. Go for it and don’t let anything stand in your way. Keep it up, stay focused and you will succeed.”
The combined efforts of the individuals who completed the six week challenge is something to be proud of.
“Any time you can get individuals thinking about making positive changes to their health, it’s a win,” said Rockcastle Regional Hospital Wellness Coordinator Betty Purcell, RN. “I am so proud of these participants who completed the program and changed behaviors. We hope their healthier decisions will continue even though ‘Walk It Off’ has ended!”