The Ultimate Fitness Challenge (UFC) – a 12-week rigorous weight loss, fitness, and nutrition program sponsored by the Baptist Health Fitness Center – began two weeks ago with six employee contestants vying to be named the UFC champ.
The three teams are:Team Red — Trainer AD Abston
Michelle Cox (Administrative speech pathologist III, BHRI) &
Portia Jones (Nursing assistant II, 3rd Floor, BHRI)Team Purple — Trainer Natalie Cannady
Muriel Kook (Data coordinator, 6A, BHMC-LR) &
Rhonda Matthews (Account representative I, Patient Financial Services)Team Green — Trainer Jeremy Ray
Robert Furrey (Sr. Management Engineer, Management Systems) &
Jamie Holder (Administrative RN III, 6A, BHMC-LR)
Below are everyone’s losses May 21:
Michelle Cox lost 4.7 lbs. for a percentage of 2.42% (total to date — 9.8)
Portia Jones lost 5.4 lbs. for a percentage loss of 1.55% (total to date — 20.5)
Rhonda Matthews lost 2.5 lbs. for a percentage loss of 1.14% (total to date — 15.8)
Jamie Holder lost 3 lbs. for a percentage loss of 1.02% (total to date — 16.9)
Muriel Kook lost 3.1 lbs. for a percentage loss of .83% (total to date — 24.6)
Robert Furrey lost 1 lb. for a percentage loss of .46% (total to date — 9.6)
The winner of this week’s weigh in was Michelle Cox with the loss of 4.7 lbs. and largest weight loss percentage of 2.42 percent! The challenge winners were Team Green in the Fitness Center’s version of the Amazing Race. The contestants competed as a team in a scavenger hunt across Baptist Health to find the finish line. Team Green made it to the final destination, the Psalm 91 Garden, first for victory. Each team member won a $50 gift card to Academy Sports.
Monday, April 9
This was the first weigh-in for the contestants to see what progress they have made. The contestants were nervous but they all had great outcomes:
Robert Furrey lost 6 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.59%
Muriel Kook lost 9.5 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.49%
Portia Jones lost 1.3 lbs. for a percentage loss of .36%
Rhonda Matthews lost 5.8 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.41%
Michelle Cox gained .4 ounces for a percentage of -.2%
Jamie Holder lost 3.8 lbs. for a percentage loss of 1.26%
The winner of this week’s weigh-in was Furrey!
The challenge for this week required each team to relay from the four-foot deep end of the BHRI pool to the shallow end carrying a cup of water and then dumping it into their team container. The first team to reach the red fill line was the winner. Team Green took home the prize with a time of 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Furrey and Holder each received a gift card for Whole Foods.
Employees are welcome to attend the weigh-ins and challenges, which are held every other Monday, at BHRI from noon until 1 p.m. Most events will take place in the In-service Education room on the ground floor and others will be held in the BHRI recreation therapy department. The next weigh in and challenge is April 23 in the In-service Ed room.
We hope the contest will inspire others to begin their own fitness and weight-loss program and find a healthier lifestyle.
Monday, April 23
Below are everyone’s losses for this week:
- Rhonda Matthews lost 5.5 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.42% (total to date — 11.3)
- Muriel Kook lost 8 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.08% (total to date — 17.5)
- Portia Jones lost 7.8 lbs. for a percentage loss of 2.16% (total to date — 9.1)
- Michelle Cox lost 2.5 ounces for a percentage of 1.26% (total to date — 2.1)
- Robert Furrey lost 2.6 lbs. for a percentage loss of 1.15% (total to date — 8.6)
- Jamie Holder lost 1.7 lbs. for a percentage loss of .57% (total to date — 5.5)
The winner of this week’s weigh in was Matthews with the largest percent weight loss! This week’s challenge was a brain teaser as each individual had to answer nutrition and exercise related questions and whoever ended up with the most correct answers would win the challenge. It came down to a tie-breaker between Kook and Furrey, but Kook prevailed with the correct answer to “How many feet are in a mile?” She won a set of home exercise equipment which included an ab ball, various sized dumbbells, and a mat.