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News and Notes: Rocky Mount is the biggest loser!

3-biggest-loser2Monarch staff in Wilson and Nash counties completed their 12-week weight loss challenge and the results are in: Team Rocky Mount won the competition and lost the most combined weight.

The two behavioral health offices were locked in an intense competition to see who would lose the most weight, and every person who participated lost. Shareda Coleman, administrative assistant at the Rocky Mount office, took the prize for losing the most weight of the competition, shedding 20 pounds.

Alicia Graham, clinical operations director for Region 7, said staff are happy because they lost weight and “feel that they can keep it going and adopt it as a lifestyle change.”

The battle began in February after Graham proposed the idea to her office following the Christmas holidays. She said everyone was looking for a way to lose weight, and a competition seemed like a good way to motivate people.

At first, staff was skeptical and not sure what to expect. But once they picked their teams, registered online and began the first weigh in, people started to formulate a strategy and get into the spirit.

Graham said the competition has not only helped people make lifestyle changes, and built morale and camaraderie. She also noted that having a healthy staff is important.

“We are there to help others get healthy every day, so we should also want that for ourselves.  Healthy minds and bodies make for a happy staff who bring about good customer service and less time out for sickness,” Graham explained.

Now that the competition is over, other Monarch departments are participating, including staff from in IT, HR, Development, Communications and Marketing, Behavioral Health sites, Finance and Education. Staff will compete from May 2 - July 25.

“The first competition has brought out some competitive juices, so others are looking forward to the next go round,” Graham said.

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