Press Release


Thursday, May 3, 2007
by PR Department

Hannibal, MO -For the second semester in a row, Hannibal-LaGrange College administration, faculty, and staff participated in a campus wide weight-loss competition. With HLG President Dr. Woodrow Burt winning the competition for the fall semester losing over 40 pounds, participants knew the competition was going to be tough.  Fifty HLG employees participated in the 12-week competition, which began on January 19. The goal was to provide a workplace wellness program for HLG employees that was motivational, fun, and easily adaptable to the busy lifestyles. 

The 50 participants were divided into nine teams of five and six. Each team had a captain and a creative name for their team: Negative Numbers, Louis's Losers, The BLT's, Less of Me, The Reducers, Weigh Down!, Losing Weight from A-Z, Do or Die, and Team #8.

According to Beth Sowers, HLG public relations staff writer and the coordinator of the program for the spring semester, “Having a weight loss program has been eye-opening for most of the participants. Grabbing a dough-nut from the break room or having that extra cup of coffee due to fatigue has become a thing of the past. Those that saw success in this program have reported feeling more energetic than ever thanks to regular exercise and healthy food choices,” continued Sowers.  “I'm so excited to see these healthy changes and how they've impacted not only the participants but the entire campus!”

 Every Friday Sowers supervised the weigh-ins and measurements and kept confidential records of the results. The teammates supported each other, and held one another accountable for the weekly weigh-ins. At the end of the competition the male and female with the highest percentage of body weight lost received $100 Wal-Mart gift cards. The winners for the spring 2007 semester were Peggy Blaine, administrative assistant to HLG president Dr. Burt, losing 15.441% of her body weight, and Kyle Brenneman, dean of student development, losing 7.363% of his body weight.

“I couldn't have done it without this program on campus,” said Blaine. “The weighing in every week and knowing others were also doing it along with you makes it easier to stick to the program.  It was a tremendous help in starting me on the path to a healthier lifestyle.”

Over 500 pounds have been shed over the course of the fall and spring semesters. Because of the success of this program, plans are being made to continue with the third round beginning next school year with hopefully even more participants, weight loss, fun, and prizes.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations