SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Every year, millions of Americans decide to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle as part of their New Year’s resolutions -- this year, the Sheppard Health Promotion team wanted to help make that resolution a reality with a challenge.
Team Sheppard’s Biggest Loser Challenge focused on more than just weight loss.
“We wanted to provide the participants with important life skills and healthy behaviors that could help them do more than just lose weight,” said Saralauren Peacock, Registered Dietitian. “Through team-based activities, nutrition education, and Bod Pod assessments, the participants were provided with a skill set to help them change their behaviors that can last a lifetime.”
The Sheppard Biggest Loser Challenge ran from January 3 to March 9, 2017. More than 150 personnel from Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, civilians and contractors all joined forces to create a healthier Sheppard.
Points were awarded for attending health education classes, group fitness classes, weight loss and increases in lean muscle mass. At the end of the challenge, Team Sheppard lost 600 pounds, attended 160 hours of education classes and went to 400 hours of group fitness classes.
Many participants voiced how the challenge helped them to ‘be more aware of their habits,’ and how this has kick started their motivation to continue their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Not only was this challenge a huge success for Sheppard, but it also played a large role in changing the habits of friends and family members of the participants.
“By focusing on prevention, we hope to improve the health status of our entire community, which in turn improves the quality of life for all of team Sheppard,” Peacock said.
First Place was awarded to team ‘Booty Busters.’ On the team was U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ammy Belser, Stacie Turk, Vivian Rivera and Zenaida Ford.
Second Place was awarded to team ‘Sea Cows.’ This team is made up of U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Leo Calderon, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Saenz, Chief Petty Officer Manuel Perez and Chief Petty Officer Romualdo Sosa.
In Third Place, was team ‘Bison.’ Team Bison consisted of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen Wolf, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Casey, Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Kronk and Douglas Davis.
The Individual First Place winner was Shanna Kronk, and the Overall Best Participant was Tina Davis.
“These folks deserve a hardy ‘Great job’ for all their efforts, as do all the participants who made an effort to improve their health,” said Peacock. “We would also like to say thank you to our sponsors who have graciously donated the prizes for our winners.”
The 82nd AMDS Health Promotion team is dedicated to helping everyone reach their health goals. Their staff specializes in nutrition education, weight loss and weight gain, supplement safety, and tobacco cessation and education. For more information contact their team at DSN: 676-6003 or 5831.