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June 22, 2014

Contestants’ loss is charities’ gain

Weight reduction challenge winners select groups to share in $30K

Six Muskogee organizations chosen by the winning teams of the Be Well Okie Challenge will receive a total of $30,000 in donations.

The 12-week challenge funded by the City of Muskogee Foundation started in March and ended in late May. Teams lost a total of 11,148 pounds during the challenge.

Muskogee Wellness Coordinator Jason Shelor said it was a close race for the top three spots.

“These teams did a phenomenal job,” Shelor said.

First place was Team BW with a total of 10,045 points. The team members are Mike Carrels, Travis Sloat, Jerry Willis, Ed Choate, and Elizabeth Hillin. Team BW will receive $15,000 and the charitable organization they will donate to is INCOR Inc.

Second place was Team Fit Five with a total of 9,498 points. The team members are Jennifer Rogers, Sandra Brennan, Rhonda Mullins, Stephanie Robison, and Michelle Goss. They will receive $10,000 and the charitable organizations they have chosen to donate to are the Pink Pearls for $3,000, The Landing for $5,000 and Million Hearts for $2,000.

Third place was NBN Team Awesome with a total of 8,858 points. The team members were Lindsey Roberts, Brittney Bailey, Rebecca Walkup, Adam Colbert, and Laura Wickizer. The team will receive $5,000 and the charitable organizations they have chosen to donate to are Muskogee Run for Pride for $2,500 and Muskogee Nonprofit Resource Center for $2,500.

Melissa Gant, director of operations for INCOR Inc., was speechless when she heard the news.

“I just don’t have any words,” Gant said. “It kind of makes me want to cry.”

INCOR serves individuals in the community with developmental disabilities. Gant said the money could be used for INCOR Inc. programs such as the Special Olympics and adult daycare.

“We could definitely use it,” Gant said.

Mike Carrels of Team BW said the team chose INCOR Inc. because it serves an important role in the community.

“They do a lot of good work in the community,” Carrels said. “It’s very needed and one that I feel is over-looked.”

Carrels said his sister-in-law benefited from the program.

“It really helped her come out of her shell,” he said.

Shelor said he hopes that the challenge will be back next year.

“We will continue to bring resources to the community,” Shelor said. “We will continue to do what our missions statement is: eat better, move more, and be tobacco free.”

By the numbers

835 — Participants who started the challenge.

515 — Participants who completed the challenge.

167 — Groups started.

103 — Groups completed.

117 — Businesses.

23 — Faith-based groups.

13 — Organizations.

14 — Schools.

36 — Percentage of male participants.

64 — Percentage of female participants.

18-69 — Age range of male participants.

19-73 — Age range of female participants.

32.05 — Average starting BMI for males.

29.86 — Average ending BMI for males.

30.51 — Average starting BMI for females.

27.13 — Average ending BMI for females.

11,148 — Total pounds of weight lost.

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