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Team Lean six-month weigh-in Oct. 1

Six months have passed since Team Lean 2009 ended and now it’s time to see who kept the weight off.

The six-month weigh-in for those Team Lean 2009 participants who have continued their weight loss efforts will be held on Thursday, Oct., 1, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Hospital and Manor’s Kirbo Women’s Center.

Cash awards will be given to the top 15 individuals who have lost the highest percentage of weight from the beginning of Team Lean on Jan. 8, 2009, until the weigh-in on Oct. 1. The top loser will receive $275, and subsequent losers will receive lesser amounts with the 15th-place winner receiving $60. Only Team Lean 2009 participants who completed the competition are eligible to weigh-in and win cash prizes on this date.

Team Lean 2009 was the third community-wide 12-week weight loss competition sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Manor and the Bainbridge/Decatur County YMCA. The team effort, mixed with the accountability of weekly weigh-ins and the chance to win some cash, made Team Lean community competitions amazingly successful.

The first competition in 2007 resulted in 906 people losing 16,154 pounds in 12 weeks.

The second competition was just as successful with 13,115 pounds lost by 763 people.

The third competition ended with a total weight loss of 8,317 pounds. There were 106 teams beginning the competition on Jan. 8, 2009, and 85 teams competing until April 2, 2009.

In the individual competition, there were 231 participants at the beginning and 127 finishing the 12-week competition. The 2009 top individual loser, Buddy Earnest, lost 26.87 percent of his total body weight.