Town Unites To Lose Weight

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Watertown residents hoping to lose some weight, had to wait in line Wednesday night.

"We are doing our Weigh To Win campaign," says Mike Nordness with Watertown Area Health Services.

Wednesday's initial weigh in is the kick off to the campaign.
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For the next ten weeks, residents will track their progress, have access to nutrition experts and discounts at certain fitness centers.

"We do have a slightly higher obesity rate than the Wisconsin average," says Nordness.

Nordness was hoping for 100 people; more than 600 showed up and signed up to slim down.
And for hundreds of different reasons, everyone had the same goal.

"To start off the new year right - there were some extra pounds that I wanted to lose," says Lisa McCloskey

"That's our goal - to see less of us by April," say ten teachers from St. Bernard's school.

The teachers plan on keeping each other motivated.

"Yeah, this is a good program and it's ten weeks to get us off to a good start."

They need only turn to their mayor, John David, for inspiration.

"I have lost quite a bit of weight over the years and about four years ago, I started walking myself. I have lost about 90 some odd pounds in about three years."

The Weigh to win goal is less daunting - one pound per week. But with more than 600 people on board, Nordness says reaching that goal would mean 3 fewer tons weighing Watertown down.

"We think it's gonna be a fantastic thing for the community, and maybe an example for the state or even the nation."

For more information on the Weigh to Win program, log onto http://www.watertownareahealthservices.com/"


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