GREENSBURG — It’s not often that being labeled a ‘loser’ is something of which to be proud, but Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) employees Carla Rader, RN, and IT specialist Sam Ruf were delighted last month when they were named the official winners of DCMH’s ‘Biggest Loser’ contest.
DCMH Wellness Coordinator Cheryl Werner told the Daily News that the 12-week contest was loosely based on the television show of the same name.
The “contest” kicked off Feb. 17, according to Werner, and wrapped up May 16, culminating with the end of the hospital’s celebration of National Hospital Week, 2014.
One-hundred-seventeen DCMH staff participated in Biggest Loser 2014, 65 of whom lost a combined 336.1 pounds, Werner said.
The program kicked off with an official weigh-in session, wherein participants completed surveys regarding their current health. Participants also established goals they hoped to achieve in the program. How much weight did he or she want to lose? Did he or she simply want to maintain current weight and learn to practice a healthier lifestyle? Werner also helped participants design workout routines at the initial weigh-in and provided each with healthy recipes.
The Wellness coordinator then spent the next 12 weeks meeting with each participant once a week, serving as both cheerleader and coach.
During those weekly sessions, Werner would pose, “How’d your week go? Are you getting enough exercise? How’s your diet?”
She would continually remind participants that normal, healthy individuals need a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week to maintain good health, but more to lose weight. She also helped participants establish short-term goals based on their answers to her questions.
Maybe some participants, for instance, weren’t able to spend 150 minutes a week exercising. Werner’s solution? Strive to add an extra 10 minutes next week. Or maybe a participant had an addiction to soda or to some other unhealthy food or drink. In that case, Werner said, the recommendation would be to eliminate one Coke in the coming week.