DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Gary Salt was the biggest loser at the second annual Daytona Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge.
Salt lost the highest percentage of weight during the event, which actually made him the biggest winner.
For his achievement, he took home a shiny new first-place trophy along with $200 and a $125 coupon to Spikes Athletic Shoes.
“The event was a huge success with 80 percent of those people who weighed in and out losing weight. The biggest loser lost 45 pounds and the second biggest loser lost 25 pounds,” Mayor Derrick Henry remarked.
The goal of the event was to promote fitness and to lose weight.
“Attendance was actually up from last year and those surveyed have indicated even greater satisfaction,” said Henry.
More than 100 residents signed up for challenge and about 70 stuck to it, which lasted for 10 weeks – from Jan. 17-March 25.
Henry also wants to inspire individual health and well-being as a way of life.
“With Volusia County slipping in its health ranking, we will certainly be planning to do this again,” Henry noted.
Other big losers
According to the new health rankings, Volusia is No. 42 in Florida.
The rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute compare counties within each state on more than 30 factors that impact health, including such social determinants as education, jobs, housing, exercise, and commuting times.
Diane Scott took home the second-place award as well as $100 along with a $125 coupon for Spikes Athletic Shoes. Joanne Flick won third place and Ericka Davis took fourth place.
Flick also won $75 while Davis won $50 for their accomplishments. Both winners also took home certificates stating their achievements.
The city hosted a celebration on March 25 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center.
The event included walks at the Sweetheart Trail, International Speedway Bridge, tai chi with John Riddick, Zumba with Monica Adolphe, dance events from Line Dancing by Lisa, yoga with Renew Yoga, pole walking with Sheila Vidamour and workouts at Planet Fitness.
The challenge was sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach; Florida Hospital, Halifax Health, Florida Health Care Plans, Island Doctors, Planning Solutions and Daytona International Speedway.