Photo by Eric Hernandez: Br. James and members of the WELL Committee honor recipients for their hard work in maintaining their healthy goals.
Olivia Estrada, Contributor
The second annual Healthy Flyer Awards Ceremony was hosted at Lewis University in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center Wednesday, April 10. Healthy Flyers was started last year to acknowledge and recognize Lewis community members who have demonstrated a healthy lifestyle change under the umbrella of “wellness.”
The committee recognizes people in two different categories — those who demonstrate personal lifestyle change and leaders for wellness. Awards can be given to students (undergraduate, graduate and accelerated), faculty and staff. Members of the Lewis University WELL Committee review the nominees and vote on the winners.
Awards were given to six people who were recognized for personal lifestyle changes and leaders in health at Lewis. The following were awarded: Nan Yancey, Staff Healthy; Josh Hamel, Student Healthy; Tim Hower, Graduate Student Leader for Health; Jane Trainor, Faculty Leader for Health; Ross Reed, Student Leader for Health; and Sandy & Jayme Speva, Staff Leaders for Health.
“The advice I would give someone just beginning to make healthy changes in their lifestyle is to start with one thing at a time and build from there,” Trainor said. “Walking can become running, and light weights can be increased to heavier weights.”
The Biggest Loser award was given to Scott Baietti from Residence Life, who lost 8.89 percent of his weight.
“I know there are some people who can decide to diet and just do it, but for the last year or so, I had wanted to exercise more and be more focused,” Baietti said. “Even though it was what I wanted to do, I couldn’t stay motivated to keep it up consistently to actually make some weight loss progress. Having the extra incentive of winning was all I needed. I’m going to take my wife out on a date with my winnings.”
The team who won the Biggest Loser competition was the “Business Office Losers.” The team consisted of Shirley Morris, Katie Rhode and Harrison May. They lost 6.4 percent as a team.
Anyone (students, faculty and staff) can join the Biggest Loser contest. It is an annual event, and it typically starts in mid-January. Participants pay $10 to join. All the cash collected goes to the winners. The winning team gets 75 percent of the money collected, and the Biggest Loser gets 25 percent.
Toward the end of the ceremony, the Healthy Flyers walked a mile, led by Brother James Gaffney and the Healthy Flyer Award recipients.