With the final weigh-ins complete, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced the more than 5,000 Kansans participating in the Governor's Weight Loss Challenge lost a total of 44,409 pounds or a little more than 22 tons.
Governor Brownback's team finished 184th out of 1,026 teams in which the goal was to lose the most percentage of weight as a team of five. While final weights have yet to be certified, the team in first place at the closing of the competition hails from the Kansas Department of Corrections.
"Congratulations to everyone from across the state who accepted this challenge to begin eating healthier and exercising regularly. It's important to your well-being that you maintain a lifestyle that keeps the weight off, so don't stop today," Gov. Brownback said. "I am extremely impressed by the success of individuals and teams during the past four months."
Prizes will be awarded next Tuesday, May 21st, to State of Kansas employees who are members of the first- and second-place teams. The Governor also will host a prize drawing for the State employee teams finishing ahead of his team. The drawing will result in 37 additional teams winning prize money. Additionally, an award will be presented to the individual losing the most percentage of weight, regardless of his or her team's ranking.
Prize money in the Governor's Weight Loss Challenge totals $44,500. The following sponsors made the monetary prizes possible: Coventry Health Care, UnitedHealth Group and Kansas Beverage Association.
"I appreciate our sponsors for their commitment to a healthier Kansas. Our obesity rate for adults is approximately 30 percent, and I'm glad we were able to bring awareness to this epidemic and work together to reduce our risk for chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease," Gov. Brownback said.
In March, Gov. Brownback held a mid-way event to encourage participants to stay committed to the healthy habits they had developed during the first half of the competition. The event included a live Jazzercise demonstration, displays from local health and fitness clubs, participant testimonials, and a $1,000 prize drawing for teams ahead of the Governor's Team at the time. "Journey 2 Lose", a team from the Department for Children and Families, was drawn for the prize.
Details about the closing event and the winners will be announced soon.
Indianapolis 3-year-old dead after finding loaded gun in his family's home.
Texas man begins cross country journey carrying huge cross in all 50 states.
University students gather to remember Texas college student shot and killed by campus police.