|Fifth Challenge loses in big way
After 12 tough weeks, Healthy Charleston Challenge came to a close March 18.
Losers became winners in the fifth installment of MUSC’s Biggest Loser
competition as 87 Lowcountry participants found success by
losing 1,916 pounds, the most ever in the program’s three-year
For this spring session, participants were grouped in 11 sponsored
teams of seven to nine people. Teams also included support mentors
(graduates of previous challenge programs) and a team trainer. Each
week, teams and individuals reported their weight loss progress against
each other. Participants also managed their eating through food diaries
and activity logs, attended weekly educational meetings on nutrition
and motivational strategies, and scheduled work outs and exercise
The team and individuals with the most percentage body weight loss were
declared winners. The Spring 2010 challenge winning team was Team Boot
Camp/Carolina Acoustical & Drywall Inc. with a 13.61 percent body
weight loss. Second place was MUSC Weight Management with a 12.87
percent body weight loss. Both teams won prize packages that included
cash and a year’s Gold Pass membership at Charleston County Parks and
The top female winner was Regina Powers with a 18 percent body weight
loss. The top male winner was Bobby Harrelson, who had a 25
percent body weight loss (a 63 pound weight loss).
Everyone’s individual and team effort was a good start in the right
direction, said Janis Newton, Wellness Center program director.
“This session was different because most participants felt ready to
make the necessary changes to truly live a healthier life that also has
redefined their future health.”
Challenge participants included a wide range of people from a
14-year-old boy to a nearly 70-year-old woman. Participant Charles R.
Towne Sr., who has diabetes, struggled with his medication prior to the
start of the challenge on Jan. 7. Since joining the program, Towne
followed a regular fitness program, changed his nutrition and made
other life improvements. He was astounded by his results. By making
small changes, Towne's blood sugar dropped significantly and he has
since adjusted his daily diabetes medicine and insulin intake.
“I take things a day at a time,” said Towne. “The Challenge has
taught me to be patient. Consistent mind over body, plus patience will
help me reach my goals.”
Since the program began in 2008, 350 Tri-county participants have lost
a cumulative 8,945 pounds. Applications for the fall session beginning
Sept. 9 are being accepted. Apply at MUSC Wellness Center or visit http://www.musc.edu/hsc/.
Friday, April 9, 2010