County weight-loss competition wraps up

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JASPER — After 10 weeks, more than 1,114 pounds were lost amongst the 100 individuals who participated in the 2019 Dubois County Weight Loss Competition.

As a part of becoming a fitter and healthier county, the Dubois County Visitors Center decided to once again host the competition to motivate people to lose weight and stick with their weight-loss goals.

The competition began on Jan. 2 and ended March 14. Participants initially paid $10 to be a part of the competition. Each week, if a participant did not lose any weight the person had to pay $1. For any weight he or she gained, the participant had to pay $1 per pound gained from the previous week. Additionally, if someone missed a weigh-in, he or she had to pay $1 for the week missed.

The competition was based on the largest percentage of weight loss and not based on pounds lost to make sure there was an even playing field. Out of the money that was collected, monetary prizes were given to the top eight performers with an additional amount given to charity.

The top performer was Greg Brescher, winning the competition after losing 23.64 percent of his initial body weight by losing 49.4 lbs. Brescher was able to collect $395 for his hard work and dedication.

Runner-up was Jason Whitsitt, losing 68.2 lbs and 19.07 percent of his body weight. Whitsitt collected $280.

Mark Kunkel received third place, losing 47.4 lbs and 16.70 percent of his body weight. Kunkel collected $175.

Additional top performers who were able to collect a monetary prize, include: fourth place, Carla Whitsitt, who lost 14.66 percent and collected $110; fifth place, Michelle Kieper, who lost 14.623 percent and collected $75; sixth place, Kevin Mehringer, who lost 14.622 percent and collected $45; seventh place, Derick Wiggins, who lost 14.20 percent and collected $25; and eighth place, Jim Beckman, who lost 12.43 percent and received his entry fee of $10 back.

In total, the top eight performers lost 340.6 lbs.

An additional $113 will be given to the Dubois County Community Food Bank.

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