Participants in Challenge Shed Pounds for Charity

Friday, May 13, 2011

The University of West Georgia’s Wonder Walkers’ Biggest Loser Challenge for a Cure raised $400 recently for American Cancer Society.

UWG’s Rebecca Olive Rhoads, a Spanish instructor, won the challenge. The challenge on the UWG campus began in late January and was designed to promote health and wellness and to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Rhett Bridger, a UWG student, was the runner up in the weight loss challenge. She lost 14 pounds -- 6.13 percent of her starting weight.

UWG’s Rebecca Olive Rhoads, a Spanish instructor, won the challenge. She had a 2-lb advantage after winning an intermediate challenge during the campaign’s 12 weeks. Rhoads lost 10.5 pounds, 7.27 percent of her starting weight.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in the contest and the 5K walk to celebrate a great season and support a great cause, Relay For Life- Carroll County,” said Janet Nichols, a Relay Team member, who handled the weigh-ins.

This was the second year of the Biggest Loser Challenge on campus. But the UWG community has been participating in the Relay for Life for years.

According to the National Cancer Institute obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers.