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Greatest Loser Competition to encourage healthy habits year-round

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The Greatest Loser Competition begins Jan. 14. Airmen and their families at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado are encouraged to participate to form and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. The final weigh-in is March 8. Prizes are awarded for the top individual and top team of four. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Chris Blake)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

It takes 21 days to form a habit, and 90 days to form a lifestyle, experts say.

 

Carol Carr, 21st Medical Squadron health promotions coordinator, hopes the Greatest Loser Competition will do just that, create new, healthy habits for Airmen and their families at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

“The competition is a way to get Airmen engaged and focused on their health right around that New Year’s resolution time, or maybe get them in shape before their fitness test,” she said.

Carr explained weigh-ins are 7 a.m. Friday, and the eight week competition officially starts Jan. 14.

Participants must fill out a questionnaire upon sign-up, which includes basic information about current health status.

The final weigh in is 7 a.m. March 11 in the fitness center.

The competition is based on a point system, where individuals or teams of four can earn points for various fitness-related events and activities on base.

Carr said the Health Promotions Program and the fitness center will offer various classes for Airmen and their families to participate in, regardless of whether they register for the competition.

“We’re encouraging people to participate in some of those things more and start the New Year off on a healthier foot,” she said. “We’re not negating anyone. This might give contractors and others opportunities they might not normally have.”

Points can be earned from the following:

  • One point per pound lost for both individuals and teams.

  • Ten points awarded for participation in the Lazyman Triathlon Feb. 1-28.

  • Five points awarded for attending a class taught at the Health Promotions or a workout at the fitness center (Jan. 18, Feb. 22 and March 1).

  • Five points awarded for having a metabolic test, and five points earned for having a bod-pod analysis (It is recommended to complete these at the beginning and end of the competition).

Seth Cannello, 50th Force Support Squadron fitness center director, said this is the first year the fitness center has held this type of competition.

“Our goal is to promote the services at the HAWC and to increase the health, fitness and resiliency of the Schriever community,” he said. “I’d like to see more people start and continue a regular exercise program.”

Carr encourages participants to use the bod-pod, a body composition test that uses air displacement to calculate body density and body fat, and metabolic testing to give Airmen more accurate results to be able to track progress.

“You can also use me as a point person,” she said. “If Airmen are looking for more specific answers to a nutrition question or for themselves, they can reach out to us or the fitness center if it’s more fitness related.”

Carr’s goal with implementing this competition is to see healthy weight loss and improvements in body fat percentage.

“If nothing else, I just want increased awareness,” she said. “I’m newer to this role, so I’ve been working on getting people to realize health promotions is here and here is what we can do for you.”

Prizes will be awarded for the top individual and top team.

“If nothing else, the prize is better health,” Carr laughed. “We want Airmen to maintain healthy habits throughout rest of the year as well.”

For more information about the Greatest Loser Competition, contact Carr at 567-4292 or Cannello at 567-6628.