A Message From Governor Brownback: Congratulations to All Participants

I am pleased to announce that the first- and second-place winning teams in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge are ‘Wolf Pack’ of the Kansas Department of Corrections and ‘Ft. Scott Finishers’ of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Everyone who completed the weight loss challenge is to be commended, and I’m glad to say that the State of Kansas and local leaders are setting a positive example in the fight against obesity. Congratulations to ‘Wolf Pack’ and ‘Ft. Scott Finishers’ for their tremendous success. Now we all have to commit to upholding these healthy habits.

‘Wolf Pack’ has won $5,000 ($1,000 for each member) for coming in first with a total weight loss of 19.02 percent. ‘Ft Scott Finishers’ has won $2,500 ($500 a person) at a close second with 18.98 percent total weight loss. Additionally, David Bruton, a member of the team ‘Forestry, Fish and Game’ from the Kansas Forest Service, won $1,000 for losing the highest percentage of individual weight.

‘Wolf Pack’ members include Dave Vennell, Tommy Blankenship, Ashley Wilson, Karen Chmidling and Dara Heineken. ‘Ft. Scott Finishers’ are Norval Schnichels, Roy Widmar, John Clark, Charles Clay and Don Coffman.

Also, as part of the challenge wrap-up event yesterday, I held a drawing to award the remainder of the $44,500 prize money to 37 of the 162 state employee teams that lost a higher percentage of weight than my team. While teams did not need to be present at the event to win, I was pleased that many participants were there to hear that they had been drawn for one of the prizes. I would like to thank the following sponsors for making the monetary prizes possible: Coventry Health Care, UnitedHealth Group and Kansas Beverage Association.

Again, I commend all participants for the total loss of 44,409 pounds over the course of this four-month competition. I am confident that we can maintain these positive results and continue improving as we witness the positive impacts healthier choices make on our lives.

Congratulations and thank you for participating in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge.

Sam Brownback


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Press Releases

05-21-13 = Top Teams in the Governor's Weight Loss Challenge are 'Wolf Pack', 'Ft. Scott Finishers'
05-16-13 = Weight Loss Challenge closes with 44,409 pounds lost; 183 teams beat the Governor's
04-05-13 = Governor introduces new sponsor, announces bigger prizes for Governor's Weight Loss Challenge
03-28-13 = Teams have lost a total of 39,496 pounds in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge
01-09-13 = Awards announced in Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge
01-07-13 = Gov. Brownback, Lt. Gov. Colyer and teams validate their weights
12-17-12 = Teams begin registering today for the Governor's Weight Loss Challenge
11-27-12 = Governor Brownback announces team weight loss challenge

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