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Garden City loses nearly 600 pounds in Corporate Meltdown


The Jigglas and Mission Slimpossible may have done their best, but the Tubby Titans and Bootie Busters captured top honors as biggest losers in Garden City's 2011 Corporate Meltdown competition.

The 12th annual team weight loss and fitness challenge recently concluded with Finney County losing nearly 600 pounds of weight this year, and totaling almost 4 and a half tons lost during the history of the Corporate Meltdown.

The eight-week event, which began Jan. 11, drew 210 men and women who participated on 42 five-member teams to see who could unload the most pounds.

The Tubby Titans earned the award for the most weight lost, by shedding 78.5 pounds.

In a parallel competition for the greatest reduction in body fat, top honors went to the Bootie Busters who logged a combined 17 percent reduction in percentage of body fat.

In addition to diet, exercise and other efforts, competitors converged for weekly education sessions on health, nutrition and fitness over the course of the campaign. By the time each loser stepped on the scale at the close of the Corporate Meltdown on March 1, total weight loss this year reached 588 pounds.

Corporate Meltdown is sponsored in partnership by Finney County KSU Research and Extension, Garden City Recreation Commission, Garden City Community College Community Services department and the Southwest Kansas Diabetes Control project of United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries. The sponsors offered personal blood lipid profile tests, free visits to local fitness centers, and a mini-health fair at the beginning and end of the program--which included checks of blood sugar and blood pressure, flexibility tests and a free body fat analysis--plus the educational sessions and prizes for contest winners.

Other top teams recognized in the 2011 Corporate Meltdown were Team Subway who placed second by losing 40.5 pounds in the total pounds category, and the Rockettes who logged a 12.2 percent reduction to place second in the body fat percentage category.

Organizers said the Corporate Meltdown has a proven track record for helping team members lose weight and increase physical activity. Over its 12-year history, the Corporate Meltdown program has helped participants lose a grand total of 8893 pounds--nearly 4.5 tons. Anyone with questions may contact Donna Gerstner at Garden City Recreation, 620-276-1200, or Linda Beech at Finney County Extension Office, 620-272-3670.

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