Shedding unwanted weight during the winter months can be a real challenge. But that didn’t stop 65 teams from competing in this year’s Assiniboine Kiwanis and Healthy Brandon’s Biggest Loser Challenge.
The competition began in January as a way of providing community members with a little incentive to make healthier lifestyle choices. Another boost for participants throughout the challenge was winning small prizes along the way and eventually a cash prize for the top three teams who lost the most body weight.
Thursday evening wrapped up the 10-week-long competition with participants eagerly gathering at The Town Centre for their final weigh in.
"I don’t care if you lost a lot of weight or just a little," project chair Bev Monk told participants. "As long as you lost something."
First-prize winners Paul Neufeld, Kelvin Levasseur, Kevin Wood and Doug Nichol, challenged themselves under the team name "Pulled Pork," and lost a combined total of 10.51 per cent body weight.
Besides losing some weight, the team also took home a cheque for $1,851.
When the team was asked what they plan to do with their winnings, they said they were still deciding.
"We really weren’t expecting to win," Nichol said. "So we’re not sure what we’re going to do with the money just yet."
For those looking to shed some pounds and compete in the challenge next year, Nichol had one piece of advice to share.
"Just keep at it," he said.
Together this year’s teams lost a total of 1,910.9 pounds and overall Monk said she was happy with how everything turned out.
"We were happy with how everything went," Monk said. "It was less work this year because we’re getting better at it every time we do it."
Monk said she’s still unsure if the competition will run next year, but she knows that Healthy Brandon is interested in helping if they choose to do so.
"It’s still under discussion but we probably will do it again next year."