USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At sea (NNS) -- The 75-day 'Biggest Loser' program, which focused on helping crew members find healthy ways to lose weight, concluded aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sept. 1 with 306 participants losing a total of 2,728 lbs.
Fitness is an important part of the military culture, and deployed Sailors and Marines work hard to balance physical and mental well-being with the demands of a rigorous operational schedule.
"The 'losers' did an outstanding job committing to the program," said Truman's Physical Therapist, Lt. Robert Nosek. "They made huge lifestyle changes and the fact that they lived up to those throughout the program says a lot about their pledge to their fellow crew members and their own physical fitness."
In addition to immediate weight loss, participants will experience long-term health benefits, such as a decreased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, stronger muscles, bones and joints, and improved quality of life.
"The figures are staggering," said Nosek. "Over 50 members lost 10 percent of their respective body weights. The people involved showed they can establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle and change for the better."
Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Roger Grenier and Sgt. Andrew Phelps, who both work in Truman's Non-Destructive Inspection Lab, won first place in the competition, losing a combined total of 100 lbs.
"As soon as it started, we were in contest mode," said Grenier. "It wasn't easy, though. We worked out four times a week, and the diet was tough to maintain because we work nights. We took a lot of vitamins and drank protein shakes, but Jolly Ranchers got us through the competition when we wanted something sweet."
The top three teams won a one-night liberty package, which includes an overnight stay at a hotel during the next port visit and a Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tour of their choice.
Truman's next weight loss competition, called 'The Home Stretch', kicks off Nov. 15. Nosek is hopeful that another round of participants will accept the challenge.
The 'Biggest Loser' competition is just one of the many health and wellness programs offered aboard Truman. Other programs include smoking cessation, fitness classes, and mind, body and spirit campaigns.
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