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YMCA awards ‘biggest loser’




After two months of hand work, two Lowndes County citizens have been honored in their work to become healthier individuals. 


Lowndes Shrinkdown, an eight-week program sponsored by the YMCA and Leadership Lowndes County, awarded prizes to their two weight-loss champs Friday afternoon. 


Prizes were awarded for the highest percentage of weight lost and greatest participation from an individual. 


Melody Cantrell -- who lost 20 pounds -- won for highest percentage of weight lost and Kristin Mamrack -- who lost 15 pounds -- won for greatest participation. Other participants tied, also garnering the maximum participation points for exercising regularly, weighing in every Friday and attending weekly lunch-n-learn sessions at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. 


So Mamrack also had to win a drawing for the participation grand prize. 


Cantrell has met half her weight loss goal, and thanks to Shrinkdown, she believes she can go all the way. 


"It was a very positive experience, and I''m really glad to see Lowndes County doing it," she said. "I can''t believe I actually won." 


"Sometimes, it was hard to get on the treadmill, especially late at night when I was tired," said Mamrack. "But making and keeping the commitment, which I will continue, was worth it. I''m going to move forward with what I''ve learned during the program and try to live a healthier life." 


Both winners received a check in the amount of $250 and a six-month membership to the YMCA. The prizes were donated by John Acker State Farm Insurance and the Columbus Banking Association. 


"The purpose of this program is to get individuals motivated to obtain a more healthy lifestyle," said YMCA Director Andy Boyd.  "Several folks have told me if it were not for the Lowndes County Shrinkdown, they would not be eating properly as they are now, nor would they be exercising regularly. I am so proud the YMCA and Leadership Lowndes County were able to make this available to the residents of Lowndes County."




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