The City of Noblesville has trimmed the fat once again – this time literally.
Beginning on Jan. 12, employees from the City of Noblesville, Hamilton County, Meyer Najem, Noblesville School Corporation, Riverview Health and Westfield Washington Schools competed against one another in the spirit of health and wellness as part of Riverview Health’s third annual “Waist Reduction” weight-loss challenge.
The eight-week program was developed to build a sense of community and to provide an incentive for the new year to make lifestyle changes through healthy eating, exercise and weight loss. Participants were challenged to lose weight, with the top prize- a $200 Amazon gift card – awarded to the participant with the highest percentage of weight loss at the end of the program.
This year’s winner was Mitch Mosbey of Noblesville School Corporation with a 14 percent body weight loss.
“I always knew weight loss was needed to live a healthier life. Being a competitive person, I knew this weight-loss competition would motivate me to exercise more,” stated the first grade teacher at Promise Road Elementary. “In addition to attending the exercise classes offered through the program, I began to increase my physical activity throughout the week. The information sessions also helped me improve my diet.”
With an average weight loss of three percent, the traveling trophy was awarded to the City of Noblesville for being the winning organization.
“A total of 257 pounds were lost by all participants throughout the eight-week program,” stated Mindi Matthews, director of Health & Wellness at Riverview Health. “Aside from the weight loss, the great thing about this program is it gets people to establish a healthier lifestyle. A follow-up survey reported more than half the participants who started a fitness program will continue it.”