Ten people to battle fat in ‘War on Weight’

| 26/08/2010

(CNS):  Following the news yesterday that research has found even a short bout of unhealthy binging can have a lasting detrimental impact ten local people are going into battle over the next four months with fat and flab. War on Weight launched last Thursday when the ten contestants from the forty applicants, selected by committee to ensure their commitment, discussed this year’s weight competition, planned exercise regimes and met fellow exercise partners. Now in its third year, the WOW contest is an initiative of the Cayman Heart Fund where participants battle the bulge over 16-weeks. Each contestant will have access to more than $2,000 worth of health and fitness industry advice and expertise. 

 
Maggie Buchanan said she decided to enter WOW after a recent picture made her realize it was time to shed the pounds.
 
 “I decided it was finally time to get serious. No more excuses. When I saw WOW was looking for contestants I knew this was the competition for me,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the hard work, the camaraderie with the team and the competiveness of the entire programme. WOW provides me with the desire to keep an active routine as part of my everyday life so that I don’t revert back to my heavier and sedentary lifestyle. Of course, the personal end result for me is the prize of a healthier and thinner life.”
 
 59-year-old Joan Christian, decided to turn her life around after her doctor advised her that she needed to lower her blood pressure or risk being put on medication.
 
“I really want to avoid going on medication and I have been advised that losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle will help avoid this. Also my youngest son and his girlfriend have just had a bouncing baby girl and I really want to be able to enjoy her and my five other grandchildren,” she said.
 
“The WOW contest will give me the initiative to get started on an exercise regime that I can keep up after the programme is finished. I’m really looking forward to losing the weight and learning from the experts how to live healthier and, most importantly, keep the weight off.”
 
Originally from New Zealand, Rob Jamieson said he was most looking forward to the opportunity to work out with a group of people all working towards a mutual goal.
 
“The WOW contest is really going to help keep me organized and motivated and I really appreciate the hard work that the organizers have put in, not to mention the sponsor donors.”
 
To help contestants find an exercise regime they enjoy, this year’s contestants will be trying their hand at a wide range of fitness classes. These include martial arts at Purple Dragon, yoga at BodyWorks, Yamuna Body Rolling at Flow and spinning at Revolutions. Reflections are ensuring contestants look the part, with discounts on fitness apparel.
 
As part of the programme, contestants will also have to adhere to a strict diet under the watchful eye of registered dietician Chad Collins. Dr Addleson will be monitoring the contestantsthroughout the course of the challenge to ensure weight loss is healthy.
 
WOW committee chairperson, Leandra Charles, said she is excited about thisyear’s programme and the number of sponsors on board.
 
“This year’s contestants are really dedicated to the programme and we have had some fantastic support from sponsors this year. Without a doubt, this year will be the best WOW yet and I’m pretty confident this year’s contestants will shed more pounds than ever.”
 
 
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