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Western Reserve Hospital trims fat during hospital-wide weight loss initiative

Combined total weight loss of 828 pounds

Published: May 8, 2014 1:37 AM

Cuyahoga Falls, OH — From January to March, The staff at Western Reserve Hospital competed with other companies and with each other to see who could shed the most weight.

Across 13 different companies, more than 380 teams participated in the national competition. Western Reserve Hospital came in second, with 71 hospital employees shedding a collective 828 pounds.

“It’s all about will power,” said Robert Speer, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC, who lost 17 percent of his body weight to become Western Reserve’s winner.

“Our staff has shown it’s working to provide more than just a healthier life for our patients — it’s leading by example that truly fortifies the culture of care and commitment at Western Reserve,” said Johanna Tanno, Wellness Coordinator at Western Reserve Hospital. “We couldn’t be more proud of the benchmarks we are setting every day by inspiring our employees to lead healthier lifestyles through the many on-site wellness resources we provide.”

Speer’s five-person team, Operation: Waist Management, was made up of surgical staff members at Western Reserve Hospital. Together, they lost a combined 167 pounds, finishing first at the hospital and 16th out of all the competing teams in the nation.

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The competition was hosted by the hospital’s FITone wellness program, in partnership with HealthyWage, an online organization that strives to make weight loss more fun and successful by motivating weight loss with cash rewards.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America. Nearly a third of all Americans are obese, which dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

If you’d like to read more about the Western Reserve weight loss team Operation: Waist Management, visit healthywage.com/info/westernreservehospitalallstars.

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