Column: Biggest Loser draws multiple benefits


Commentary by Mike Morgan

Being part of a team has always been important to me. I started working for the city of Westfield 13 years ago right after I graduated from Ball State University. I haven’t moved on because there is something special about being a part of Westfield’s growth. I’ve been an employee from when Westfield was still a town to now becoming one of Indiana’s premiere cities to live, work and play.

I also view the Public Works Department like family. The members of the department are a team, whether you are patching pot holes or building roads, we are all working toward a common goal of serving the citizens of Westfield.

I recently was promoted from inspections to Senior Project Manager. I now oversee city funded road and trail projects. It is a great position for me as I like to organize, coordinate and motivate.

That is probably why I decided to coordinate a Biggest Loser competition at work. It is a great way to engage with my fellow employees, but also take better care of myself.

We have weekly weigh-ins with 13 Public Works employees. All 13 have committed to a 30-day weight loss challenge. So far we have had three weigh-ins, and Public Works Director Jeremy Lollar and myself are neck-and-neck. I would love to say it is all about embracing a healthier lifestyle, but in reality, it is my competitive nature that is motivating me to lose the weight.

I still have the rest of the month to win it all, and I plan to do so. My wife Sara of eight years and my two kids, Bryce and Kolyns, have the benefit of a healthier me, and I get bragging rights. Both are reason enough to put that doughnut down.


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