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Hundreds Shed in Challenge
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lee County Sheriff’s Office employees completed the Ninth Annual "Fitness Challenge" this week. This was a voluntary, agency-wide, twelve-week weight loss competition intended to make winners of the “biggest weight losers”. The cumulative total weight loss of nearly 130 participants was 899 pounds.  The male winner lost an impressive 45.2 pounds and the female lost 40.4 pounds. The three person team, “Phat Bodies”, was best at almost 110 pounds total.

This year's event began January 3rd with employee weigh-ins.  Employees competed individually, as well as in teams.  The winners were decided by the most percentage of weight lost for male, female and team categories.  A small prize fund was established with entry fees.  The New Balance Store on Trailwinds Drive, the firm of Lusk, Drasites, Tulisano and Smith and Brad Henry, Regional Director for Take Shape for Life, were the generous sponsors rewarding each male and female individual winner with additional prizes this year.

The challenge concept of this weight loss contest is modeled after the 9-1-1 Fitness Challenge. The 9-1-1 Challenge ( is on its fifteenth successful year, spearheaded by Jim Sayih a retired Miami Police Lieutenant and former bodybuilder.  The results of the challenge are simple; help promote weight loss and a healthier lifestyle to those who serve and protect the public.

Media inquiries are directed to Sergeant Louis Chiappetta via the Public Information Officer at (239) 477-1340.