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Live Well Perris Weigh-In Winners

Perris City worker Joyce Lee confirms the weight of resident Sandra Martinez during a weigh-in as part of the City’s biggest loser program, part of the Live Well Perris healthy eating active living initiative.Perris City worker Joyce Lee confirms the weight of resident Sandra Martinez during a weigh-in as part of the City’s biggest loser program, part of the Live Well Perris healthy eating active living initiative.

Geraldine Coleman credits the City of Perris’ ongoing healthy eating active living program with helping her shed nine pounds in two months—and more importantly, keeping the weight from returning.
Coleman, 58, hit the gym regularly long before the kickoff in June of the City’s “Live Well Perris” health initiative. But as soon as her workout ended, Coleman would grab some cookies and a candy bar or two and feed her need for sugar.

As a result, the pounds she dropped in the morning returned by afternoon. No more.

Coleman credits the Live Well Perris initiative with helping wean her from sweets to healthy options like tofu, carrots, broccoli, celery and spinach. A contestant in the City’s “Biggest Loser Perris” competition, Coleman said she would like to lose another 10 pounds before contest ends in September.

Coleman was one of about 45 people who came to the Bob Glass Gym for a monthly weigh-in Aug. 17 designed to track each contestant’s progress.

“I feel great,” Coleman said. “I see the weight coming off and this is going to continue after this program ends. I appreciate the City providing encouragement to residents to help them lose weight and exercise more. Sometime people need the push and the Living Well Perris program is definitely providing it. It’s a wonderful program”

Coleman said she takes part in aerobics classes and walks her neighborhood to stay in shape. She sees other residents walking more as well.

“It’s encouraging parents and their children to become healthier,” he said.

Perris resident Maura Avila is all smiles as City worker Joyce Lee records her weight during a weigh-in at Bob Glass Gym.Perris resident Maura Avila is all smiles as City worker Joyce Lee records her weight during a weigh-in at Bob Glass Gym.

Perris officials are pleased with the success of the Live Well program and will honor the “biggest losers”—those who shed the greatest percentage of their weight—with prizes at the Sept. 24 City Council meeting.

Mayor Daryl Busch said he is pleased so many residents have incorporated aspects of the Live Well Perris campaign into their lives. The Mayor has taken part in several Live Well activities, including a community health fair and a walk around Paragon Park earlier this summer. A recent hike around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area attracted more than 100 people and twice weekly “Step Out to Work Out” aerobics and dance lessons routinely attract 35 to 40.

“We appreciate their efforts at getting healthy and we wish them well as they continue down the path of healthy eating and active living,” he said.

Sandra Martinez, 24, was another resident who stopped by the gym and got on the scale to track her progress. So far, she’s lost seven pounds and would like to take off another five before the biggest loser competition closes.

Martinez said that since the Live Well Perris program kicked off in June, she’s been working out at the City gym, hitting the stair master and treadmill. She’s also traded in white bread for cauliflower and broccoli.

“Without the City’s encouragement, I would have not done it,” Martinez said. “I appreciate the City doing this to improve our health.”

For Maura Avila, 35, the Live Well Perris program is a family affair. She brought her two sons, Max, 10, and Ivan, 4, to the most recent weigh-in. They’re eating healthier too since the initiative began.

Avila said she has changed the family’s diet. More fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots and broccoli. No more potatoes, pasta, tortillas and enchiladas. More water, less soda. She’s doing aerobics to boost her metabolism.  She said she lost a few pounds since she started on the biggest loser contest. Just as importantly, she said she has much more energy to complete chores around the house.

“We are eating well now,” Avila said. “I am eating well and I am teaching my kids to do the same.