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Weight No More winners announced

Participants who completed the second annual Weight No More competition, sponsored by Valley West Community Hospital and the Fox Valley Family YMCA, lost 586 pounds.

The individual winners were Patricia Troyer (top female), and Joel Stumpenhorst (top male), and Kees Lane: Jorie Aloisio, Jason Aloisio, Fred Kreinbrink and Greg Friders (top team).

The winners were announced at the recent Valley West Wellness Fair.

Stumpenhorst, who was the top male for the second consecutive year, Troyer and Team Kees Lane, received limited membership packages to the Fox Valley Family YMCA, and all the winners received fitness baskets with goodies from Valley West and the YMCA.

The 14-week guided exercise and nutrition program taught participants how to make positive changes in their eating and exercise habits.

All participants were confidentially weighed and measured for body fat percentage, body mass index and waist circumference in late March, and then periodically throughout the rest of the competition.

Every other week, Valley West hosted programs covering topics like portion control, recipe modification, general nutrition, label reading and behavior modification. All of the classes were facilitated by Valley West registered dietitians, community wellness educators and licensed counselors.

Making lasting changes was reinforced by the Fox Valley Family YMCA, which offered “Life Changes 101.” This six-week class taught participants how to incorporate simple cardiopulmonary exercise and strength training into their daily routines.

More than 100 people began the program. But everyone who finished created lasting habits, said Cindy Johnston, community wellness nurse educator, in a recent news release.

Valley West and the Fox Valley Family YMCA will begin the third year of the Weight No More program again in March 2010.

For more information about the program, or other Valley West Community Wellness programs, call 815-786-3962. Visit Valley West online at, or become a fan of Valley West on Facebook by searching for Valley West Community Hospital at

Valley West Community Hospital is part of the KishHealth System.

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