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Grand Health Challenge

June 30, 2017

Hennard Champions Grand Health Challenge

Barbara HennardCongratulations to Barb Hennard, Auglaize and Mercer Counties Extension educator, who has championed the Grand Health Challenge for the last four years. The Grand Health Challenge is a weight loss challenge where teams from 2 to 7 members are encouraged to adapt a healthier lifestyle.

The 2017 challenge ran from January through May with 138 teams comprised of 539 participants (largest ever). Monthly meetings and weekly emails motivate participants as well as educate them. To be eligible for prizes, participants must attend monthly weigh-ins. For this year, the overall combined weight loss was 3,409.1 pounds. Over the 11 years of the challenge, 4,008 people have participated and lost more than 39,000 pounds.

“This is a great example of what can happen when organizations come together to focus on improving the health and wellness of the community,” Barb said, adding, “The partnership with OSU Extension also brings additional credibility and recognition.”

Participants have the opportunity to win cash prizes from $150 to $1,000, and an iPad. The Grand Health Challenge is sponsored by Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary’s, Auglaize County.

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