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Morning Sun
  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: A healthy challenge

  • A total of 44,409 pounds, more than 22 tons of weight, was lost during the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge, which ran from Jan. 15 to May 15. Crawford County employees lost 509.19 pounds of it .

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    A total of 44,409 pounds, more than 22 tons of weight, was lost during the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge, which ran from Jan. 15 to May 15.

    Crawford County employees lost 509.19 pounds of it .

    “When Gov. Sam Brownback called on state employees and others across Kansas to join him in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge, we jumped in and accepted the challenge,” said  Janis Goedeke, Crawford County health officer.  “We didn’t qualify for the state competition, but ran our own challenge here for county employees. We used the web site designated by the state and participants could enter their own weight. We verified their weight at the start and finish of the challenge.”

    She said that 11 teams registered at the start, and 10 completed the challenge.

    Top team was the Addiction Treatment Center Beef Cakes, which lost a total of 141.2 pounds and ranked ninth in the state for weight loss.  The team was composed of Jerry Davenport, team captain, Patrick Lackamp, Sharon Carpino and Michelle York. 

    They had a little incentive to spur them on. Goedeke said the biggest losers received $100 each. The cash was presented to them Friday morning during the Crawford County Commission meeting.

    “I just paid for a graduation party and this will help out,” Carpino said.

    Of course, she added that she received more than money by participating.

    “I feel like I’m a lot healthier, and I’m definitely eating a lot healthier,” Carpino said.

    Davenport said it required a strength of will to get through the challenge, but was worth it for the health benefits.

    “I just want to thank both the governor and the Crawford County Health Department for doing this,” York said.

    Other Crawford County teams participating were the Muffin Top Stoppers, which lost 115.4 pounds; Thinking Thin, 45.58 pounds; Thin to Win, 45.7 pounds; Get R Done. 36.7 pounds; Crawford County Enforcers, 35 pounds; Lump Dumpers, 25.6 pounds, 4 Chicks and a Rooster, 27.4 pounds; Hodgepodge, 23.1 pounds; and The Clerks, 13.5 pounds.

    Crawford County clerk Don Pyle had an explanation for why his team placed last in the county.

    “It’s because we had less to lose,” he said.

    Page 2 of 2 - Goedeke said that, in her view, everybody who participated came out ahead.

    “To me, they’re all winners because they lost weight,” she said. “The challenge was well received throughout the county employees, and some of them have said they plan to continue their weight loss efforts. Others want us to do this challenge again next year.”

    Around 5,000 Kansans accepted the challenge. First place team in the state was the Wolf Pack from the Kansas Department of Corrections, and placing second were the Ft. Scott Finishers from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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