Hunter's Fitness Center Poses Big Challenge
February 12, 2009
<b> FORT STEWART, GA. </b> -- Soldiers, Army Civilians and retirees registered for the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield 2009 Biggest Loser challenge throughout the week of Jan. 24. The week-long registration process garnered more than 50 participants, which included 38 individual participants and 11 two-person teams. The competition was open to all military identification cardholders.
Tominac Fitness Center Facility and Programs Director Eli Wilson said what he sees most rewarding is the self-confidence and energy that the participant receives when he or she engages in contests such as these. He said participating in similar events can become a life-altering experience.
"In today's fast-paced society, many people just don't have the time to eat right and exercise," Wilson said.
"Taking steps to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle is hard work that takes dedication and sacrifice."
Family Member Michelle George was one of the first to sign up for the challenge at Hunter and said she joined to find the motivation to lose 20 pounds by the end of the program in May. She encouraged others to take a stand to lose weight and said some of her co-workers also joined the challenge.
All of the contestants received a Healthy Living packet to aid them throughout the contest. Every individual and team is required to weigh in at three different time periods: Feb. 23-25, March 23-25 and April 20-22, with the final weigh-in on May 16. The individual and team that loses the highest percentage of weight at Stewart and Hunter will receive a prize.
Wilson said patience is the key to losing weight.
"Set small goals and milestones along the way," he said. "Surround yourself with positive people who are willing to help you. Remember that choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is not a short term plan. It takes permanent change in your lifestyle that will benefit you."