Community Weight Loss Contest

Aug 30, 2012, 20:00 ET from Lakewood Regional Medical Center

Hosted by Hospital and YMCA

LAKEWOOD, Calif., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lakewood Regional Medical Center and the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA are teaming up to fight obesity and promote sensible weight loss through a novel new program called the Thinner Winner Weight Loss Contest. Participants will work together as teams to see who can lose the most weight by the end of the10-week program and earn the top prize of $1,000.

Each participant in the program will begin by filling out a health risk assessment that will be used for goal setting. It will include baseline measurements of weight, blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol . During the ten weeks, contest entrants will receive a gym membership and access to organized exercise sessions such as a Halloween Aerobics Marathon and Family Zumba under the Stars. There will be periodic weigh-ins and access to Dietitians from Lakewood Regional Medical Center and personal trainers from the YMCA. Last year's winning team lost 9.23% of their body weight. All participants lost a combined 393 pounds. Participants lost as much as 32 pounds, or 13.2% of their body weight during the competition.

"The Thinner Winner Weight Loss Contest is an ideal opportunity to get families as well as local employers involved in improving the overall health of our community," states Joseph Badalian, CEO of Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Statistics prove that workplace wellness programs lower overall health care costs for employers who offer them. For instance, the American Institute of Preventive Medicine reports companies that implement wellness activities can save from $3.48 to $5.42 for every dollar spent on wellness, and can reduce absenteeism by 30 percent.  With nearly three quarters of America's work force classified as overweight or obese, businesses are incurring an additional $500 to $2,500 per employee in lost productivity and medical care for conditions related to obesity alone.  

The program will kick off Tuesday, September 4th and will run through November 14th, 2012. First, second and third place winners will be announced November 17th during the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA Annual Auction & Dinner. The cost to join the Thinner Winner Weight Loss Contest is $75. For more information or to enroll in the contest, call 562-425-7531 or log on to

Contact: Patrick Houston
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Lakewood Regional Medical Center
Tel: (562) 602-6742  Fax: (562) 602-0083

SOURCE Lakewood Regional Medical Center