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Fitness Challenge Helps Broomfield Lose Weight

April 14, 2008
Apr 4, 2008 8:01 am US/Mountain Digg | Facebook | E-mail Close WindowE-mail This PageFitness Challenge Helps Broomfield Lose Weight Fitness Challenge Helps Broomfield Lose Weight Written by Libby Smith, CBS4 Special Projects Producer Reporting Tom Mustin BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) ― The Get Fit, Stay Fit Challenge is coming to an end in Broomfield and the numbers are impressive. --More than 300 Broomfield residents participated in the challenge. --Together they lost a total of 775 pounds and dropped their total body fat by 185 percent. --Each person increased their walking by an average of 1.2 miles a day. The numbers for the whole group are impressive, but it gets even more impressive when you talk to individual participants. "I lost 11 pounds," said Kathrine Bucca, a pre-school teacher. "I lost 10 pounds, I dropped 2 percent body fat and I dropped 30 points from my cholesterol," said Amy Martinez, a pre-school teacher. Both women work at Bal Swan Children's Center in Broomfield. They were part of 35 parents and staff at the school that took part in the challenge. "It was wonderful to participate with my other colleagues here at school," director emeritus, Marlene Politzer told CBS4. Team members held group walks and encouraged each other to make healthy eating choices. "I think probably by putting more exercise in my day, it has made me feel more energetic," Politzer added. America on the Move encourages people to make small changes toward a healthier lifestyle, including cutting 100 calories out of your diet and incorporating moderate exercise everyday. Challenge participants tracked their steps on pedometers. "Even though I thought I was taking a lot of steps, I needed to bump it up more," Bucca added. Participants took advantage of weekly weigh-ins at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center and the Broomfield Paul Derda Recreation Center, and enjoyed special events and prizes donated by various community businesses and organizations. "I think that we were all surprised that 8 weeks makes that much of a difference in your body," Martinez said. America on the Move hopes the real difference is made in day to day living. Organizers hope that over the 8 weeks, participants developed a routine that they can carry on for weeks to come. (© MMVIII CBS Television Stations, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)