From the Office of the Kansas Governor:
Kansas GovernorSam Brownback announced Tuesday that the first- and second-place winning teamsin the Governor's Weight Loss Challenge are ‘Wolf Pack' of the KansasDepartment of Corrections and ‘Ft. Scott Finishers' of the Kansas Department ofTransportation.
"Everyonewho completed the weight loss challenge is to be commended, and I'm glad to saythat the State of Kansas and local leaders are setting a positive example inthe fight against obesity," said Governor Brownback. "Congratulations to ‘WolfPack' and ‘Ft. Scott Finishers' for their tremendous success. Now we all haveto commit to upholding these healthy habits."
‘WolfPack' won $5,000 ($1,000 for each member) for coming in first with a totalweight loss of 19.02 percent. ‘Ft Scott Finishers' won $2,500 ($500 a person)at a close second with 18.98 percent total weight loss. Additionally, DavidBruton, a member of the team ‘Forestry, Fish and Game' from Kansas ForestService, won $1,000 for losing the highest percentage of individual weight.
‘Wolf Pack'members include Dave Vennell, Tommy Blankenship, Ashley Wilson, Karen Chmidlingand Dara Heineken. ‘Ft. Scott Finishers' are Norval Schnichels, Roy Widmar,John Clark, Charles Clay and Don Coffman.
Gov.Brownback also held a drawing to award the remainder of the $44,500 prize moneyto 37 of the 162 state employee teams that lost a higher percentage of weightthan the Governor's team. Teams did not need to be present at the event to win.The following sponsorsmade the monetary prizes possible: Coventry Health Care, UnitedHealth Group andKansas Beverage Association
TheGovernor's Weight Loss Challenge ran from Jan. 15 to May 15, with 1,026 teamsof five competing against the Governor's team, which included TransportationSec. Mike King, Labor Sec. Lana Gordon, Commerce Sec. Pat George and KansasAdjutant General Lee Tafanelli. A total of 44,409 pounds were lost in thecompetition.
Thewinning team names and agency affiliation is as follows:
Belly Dumpers - Department of Transportation
Muffin Top Droppers - Dept of Health & Environment
The Phat to Fab Five - Dept of Health & Environment
The Muscle Rustlers (PRC1) - Dept for Children and Families
Fat 5 - Department of Revenue
Hollywood Stars - Kansas Lottery
The Marshmallow Resistance - Department of Education
Caboose Cutters - Department of Revenue
RxTreme Team - Board of Pharmacy
Driver’s 5000 - Department of Revenue
L.G. - Larned Juvenile Correct.Facil.
ASAPA - Department of Education
The CHASErs - Judicial Branch
WALKFORCE - Norton Correctional Facility
Skinny Wannabes - Department of Transportation
SW LOSERS - Dept of Health & Environment
Maximum Deflection - Department of Transportation
Law & Order - Special Weight Loss Unit - Attorney General
CREAM - Dept for Children and Families
Thin 2 Win - Department of Administration
Not Into It - Department of Administration
MisFits - Department of Revenue
KSD Team Smile - School for the Deaf
MISS FITS - Dept for Children and Families
Shockers Thin It to Win It - Wichita State University
Show me the money - Department of Transportation
Team Sassy by Summer - Dept for Children and Families
Team 3D-Dieting Divas & Dudes - Dept for Children and Families
Getting Healthy & Looking Good! - Department of Education
Bums-away - Attorney General
Fat Losers - Bank Commissioner
Stressed in the City - Department of Transportation
18th Judicial District 2 - Judicial Branch
Bob's Blobs - Dept of Health & Environment
The Resolute - Kansas Water Office
BIG DROPPERS - Kansas Juvenile Corrections
Water Weight Loss - Dept of Health & Environment
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