Sheriff’s employees lose nearly a thousand pounds

Lee County Sheriff’s Office employees completed the 7th annual LCSO Fitness Challenge this week. This challenge was a voluntary agency-wide 12-week weight loss competition designed to make winners of the “biggest weight losers.” Sheriff Office employees lost a total of 986.5 pounds this year.

Almost 200 employees participated in this year’s “Fitness Challenge.” Weigh-ins were conducted January 3 through January 7. Challengers weighed in at the start and the finish of the 12-week challenge. There was an individual challenge and a team challenge. In the challenges, this year’s winners were determined by the greatest percentage of weight lost. A small prize fund fee was required to enter the challenge so cash prizes could be given to some of the overall team “biggest losers.”

The New Balance Store on Trailwinds Drive, the law firm of Lusk, Drasites, Tolisano and Smith, and Brad Henry, regional director of Take Shape for Life were the generous sponsors who rewarded each male and female individual winner with prizes this year. The overall male won the challenge this year losing an impressive 34.8 pounds and the female lost 25.6 pounds. The three-person team that won the challenge was the “Phat Bodies,” losing over 87 pounds.

The challenge concept of this weight loss contest in nothing new and is modeled after the 9-1-1 Fitness Challenge. The 9-1-1 Challenge ( is on its 13th successful year and is run by retired Miami Police Lieutenant and former bodybuilder Jim Sayih. The goal of the challenge is simple; help promote weight loss and a healthier life style to those who serve and protect the public.

Apr 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Weight Loss
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