Court staff in ‘losing’ battle

| 22/03/2009

(CNS): Twelve women and one man from the Judicial Administration have made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle and intend to slim down and lose weight. Inspired by the popular US television show the ‘Biggest Loser’, they have signed a pact to lose weight and tip the scales of the justice department, as it were, in a new direction. “I am delighted that staff members are a making conscious effort to improve their overall health. This is a win-win situation for all of us, in our public and personal lives,” said Courts Administrator Delene Cacho, an active participant in the programme.

 “I am hoping this will translate into overall life-style changes that impact positively on work performance and, at a personal level, on individual self-worth. In short, we will be positively endorsing our lives.”

At the start of the programme the 13 participants had a combined total weight of a not insignificant  2,794.7 lbs and they now have until 4 May to make a significant dent in that figure. HR Manager Patricia Muschette explained that the person that records the highest percentage of body weight loss over the period will be declared the biggest loser.

“We are already seeing increasingly healthy and nutritious choices in foods,” Muschette said. “We are more focused, choosing items like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meats. And we are cutting out candy. I am pleased to report that so far the group is showing great commitment to individual goals.”

Participants have recourse to meal and nutrition plans as well as detailed weight charts. In addition to their mutual support system, there is a personal trainer who offers services at reduced costs. The group is weighed weekly by an external recorder, but unlike the TV show there is no public disclosure of results, and therefore participants are not distressed nor pressured.

The overall purpose of this reportedly gentler approach is to encourage the continuance of the healthier lifestyle regimen even after the two-month contest concludes. Organisers want to enable life-altering habits to take root in individuals for their betterment and wellness.

Contestants are vying for an airline ticket to Miami or Jamaica, but the real prize is the weight loss as everyone gains in this losing battle. “If they lose, they win!” added Muschette.  

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