COE faculty, staff shed 172 pounds through Lose Big Competition

After the success of the 2012 "Lose Big Competition" held for College of Education faculty, staff and graduate assistants, Jemimah Young, Lecturer in Teacher Education and Administration, spearheaded the effort for the spring 2013 semester. Young said that the goal of the competition was to promote healthy living and camaraderie between departments within the college.

"I wanted to get to know people and build relationships for myself and others," she said. "I wanted to have something that unifies us other than our degrees, helps us network and bridge gaps."

The competition lasted eight weeks and 14 three-member teams participated. Each participant received a free membership to both LA Fitness and Curves for Women in Denton during the competition. About $250 collected in participation fees was donated to College of Education student scholarships through the We Care We Count campaign.

At the end of the eight-week competition, 172 pounds total were lost among the 42 participants, with an average of 3-5 pounds per participant.

Team Mission Slimpossible members Alecia Adams, Pamela Peak and Laura Musgrove had shed the most pounds and were awarded a gift basket valued over $2000. Participants who lost 5-10 pounds received gift vouchers donated by local businesses, and Dean Jerry Thomas provided College of Education pedometers, at left, to all participants to encourage their continued success.

"Weight loss is a common challenge for many of us beyond cultural bounds of age, gender and race," said Young. "Overall it was a great competition that bared some really great results!"