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City employees compete for "Biggest Improver" title


You may notice Waterloo City employees look a little different. That's because about 100 employees in multiple departments are participating in the "Biggest Improver" contest.

The weight loss program kicked off in February.

"We partnered with local gyms and UNI. All of the participants went to UNI to go in their Bod Pod to see what our body mass index was," said Suzy Schares.

City Clerk Suzy Schares said staff have participated in lunch and learn sessions where experts come in to give advice.

She also noticed people changed their eating habits and exercised more.

"There's been a lot more walking. People go to Young Arena on lunch breaks," said Schares.

Employees are also opting to use the stairs more instead of the elevator at city hall.

Schares said the contest has created some friendly rivalries between departments.

The teams want to win, but of course, the larger goal is a healthier lifestyle.

While losing weight, some participants are also giving back to the community.

That's because 28 people also signed up for NBC's The Biggest Loser Pound for Pound Challenge.

The employees pledged online to lose a certain amount of weight and for every pound pledged, 11 cents goes to the Northeast Food Bank in Waterloo to help families get the food they need.

The contest ends the last weekend of April when all the participants go back to UNI to get their body mass index checked again.

Then, there's a bowling party May 13th to celebrate and announce the weight loss winners.


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