The 10-week Blue Mountain Hospital Fitness Challenge officially ended on December 10, 2013 and the winners were announced the following evening, during an informal celebration held in the hospital's dining room.
Dialysis Manager, Laurie Okkema, one of the main organizers for the Fitness Challenge, was on hand to announce the winners and hand out prizes. Laurie's enthusiastic encouragement and support were an inspiration to those participating in the challenge. That enthusiasm was also evident during the awards celebration. The winners of the hospital's first Fitness Challenge were:
1st place Jan Bradford
2nd place Michelle Shumway
3rd place Fila Harris
Weight Loss Challenge
1st place Rick Winsor 14.5% weight loss
2nd place Trent Herring 10.0% weight loss
3rd place Chad Moses 8.9% weight loss
"Congratulations to all of our winners!" Okkema said in an email released following the celebration. "We had a nice celebration in the cafeteria to announce the winners. All of those in attendance had some inspirational and motivating personal fitness stories to share. It was agreed that regardless of whether or not you had won a prize, the real prize was that of improved health and well-being. Thank you to all of our participants."
Watch for the next Fitness Challenge, which organizers say will be announced later in 2014.
Big Winner...Jan Bradford (R) won the recent Fitness Challenge and was awarded some nice prizes, during the awards celebration in the hospital's dining room. An enthusiastic Laurie Okkema (L) announced the winners and handed out prizes. Okkema was a huge motivator, during the challenge. Those attending the celebration shared inspirational stories about their experience. Thanks to the Dietary Crew for providing some delicious, healthy food at the event. Staff photo
Fitness Challenge winners announced...The six winners of the Fitness and Weight loss Challenges recently posed with some of their prizes. They are,(L-R) Fila Harris (3rd Place Fitness), Michelle Shumway (2nd Place Fitness), Jan Bradford (1st place Fitness), Rick Winsor (1st Place Weight Loss), Trent Herring (2nd Place Weight Loss), Chad Moses (3rd place Weight Loss). Hats Off to these dedicated folks! Watch for the next fitness challenge coming soon. Photo by Katie Shumway