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Weigh-In Marks "Biggest Loser" Contest Midway Point

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez steps on the scale during the Biggest Loser initiative weigh-in.Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez steps on the scale during the Biggest Loser initiative weigh-in.

Perris residents who signed up for the City’s version of the “Biggest Loser” competition are serious about following through on their commitment.

More than 60 residents turned out recently for a weigh-in marking the halfway point of the three-month competition. The Biggest Loser contest is one of the centerpieces of the City’s “Live Well Perris” initiative, which emphasizes active living and healthy eating.

The weight-loss contest began June 15 at a community health fair and concludes Sept. 14 with the final weigh-in at the Bob Glass Gym. The “biggest losers” will receive special recognition at a Sept 24 City Council meeting.  Winners will be those who shed the greatest percentage of their initial body weight and will earn tickets to Disneyland, a gym membership and gift cards.

Other activities in the Live Well Perris initiative include a Sept. 7 bicycle ride through the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, a 3-on-3-basketball tournament scheduled for September and history walk down D Street on Oct. 19.

More than 100 people took part in a hike at Lake Perris in July. The “Step Out to Work Out” program, which includes zumba, tabata and hula-hooping with City Council members, has drawn enthusiastic audiences each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Those workouts will continue until Aug. 31.

Perris City Councilwoman Rita Rogers gives the thumbs-up after weighing in at Bob Glass Gym.Perris City Councilwoman Rita Rogers gives the thumbs-up after weighing in at Bob Glass Gym.

Assistant City Manager Ron Carr, who presented Live Well Perris to a gathering of Inland Empire health officials on July 31 at a Network for a Healthy California workshop, said Perris is starting to receive regional recognition for its efforts to improve the health of its residents. 

“The success of Live Well Perris and the biggest loser contest has been noted,” he said.  “Expect to see more of these types of activities held by other cities in the future.”

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez is making weight loss a priority in 2013. In recent months, he has shed 32 pounds through work outs at the Bob Glass Gym and through participation in the Step Out to Work Out program. He said participation in the Biggest Loser competition has exceeded his expectations.

“I am so grateful to the people who are making it a success,” Rodriguez said. “They are exemplary examples to other people and to themselves. I am so thankful that the City is able to provide programs like this to our citizens so they improve their fitness.”

Perris City Councilwoman Rita Rogers said she is impressed by the numbers of people following the Biggest Loser and other Live Well Perris programs on facebook and instagram. She said she also has noticed more people walking around her neighborhood.  Rogers has lost five pounds since the Biggest Loser the beginning of the competition.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people actively engaged in improving their health and who are doing it through activities they enjoy,” Rogers said. “I think it’s safe to say the entire Live Well Perris program has been a wonderful success.”