Welcome to the Slim to Win Challenge 2017!
In November 2015, State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine spoke at the annual Governor's EMS Awards Banquet in Norfolk, VA, and outlined the Commonwealth's vision to become the healthiest state in the nation. Dr. Levine challenged EMS providers to become leaders by working to improve our own health and wellness. Our dedication to healthy lifestyles can transform our own lives, ensure that we are available to serve our communities, and inspire others.
To help reach Virginia's vision, the Southwest Virginia EMS Council is launching the Slim to Win Weight Loss Challenge to promote the health and wellness of our region's EMS providers. The first of its kind, the Slim to Win Weight Loss Challenge invites EMS agencies to join us in committing to living a healthier lifestyle over the next ten weeks by focusing on exercise and nutrition. We are hoping to create a community of EMS providers all dedicated to improving our overall health and wellness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, just a 5% to 10% reduction in weight can have a positive effect on your health, including lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
EMS agencies will compete Head-to-Head as the program is designed to foster healthy competition by allowing agencies to compete for bragging rights as the winner of the Slim to Win Weight Loss Challenge. In addition, the winning agency will receive a $500 grant from the Southwest Virginia EMS Council to continue your wellness program.
This site will provide useful tools to help you along the way. In this section, you will find useful apps, tips from professional trainers, recipes, and an up-to-date leaderboard to check out our competitors. Blog posts and before-and-after pictures will inspire you as you reach for your own goals!
Best of all, you are not doing it alone. EMS agencies from across our region are taking part in the Slim to Win Weight Loss Challenge as well as the EMS Council (don't worry, we are not eligible to win). We will also be updating our resources to help you approach your weight-loss challenge in the healthiest way possible. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 1 to 2 pounds of weight be lost a week. Losing more than this increases your risk of metabolic conditions, promotes unhealthy eating habits as well as leaves you feeling fatigued due a lack of calories.