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Exercise equipment should keep City Parks’ biggest loser trim after he lost 10kg – 13 percent of his body weight – in the utility’s healthy living competition.

biggestloser_side1All participants received gifts and certificates for the work they put inCORRIE Rautenbach, the overall winner of the second phase of City Park’s Biggest Loser competition, said the exercise equipment he won would keep him busy when he retired next year.

Rautenbach, who has worked at the City utility since 2001, won the equipment after losing 10kg in the 12-week competition. He weighed in at 92kg when the challenge began, and his overall weight loss was 13 percent, putting him at the top of the list.

He was very glad that he took part and kept at it until the end, Rautenbach said. He explained that his wife had played an important role in his mission to lose weight and get healthy, because she was also on a losing mission. Together, they ate healthy food.

“We’ve cut out a lot of junk food; the eating part plays a very important part,” he added.

Rautenbach was named the winner at a ceremony at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on 29 June. Although there was only one winner, all participants received presents to congratulate them on taking part in the challenge.

Brenda Dlakavu, City Parks’ acting head of human resources, commended participants for staying with the programme until the end. She knew how hard it was because she was the first season drop out. “This has grown so much; it has created so much hype that the City is aware that City Parks is doing something about its employee fitness,” she said.

biggestloser_side2Participants show off their techniquesKgomotso Molale spoke on behalf of the acting chief executive, Byrne Maduka. She said the initiative had far-reaching implications for City Parks. More importantly, it would benefit and promote a better quality of life for its employees, and indirectly for the residents of Joburg.

“[Being fit and healthy] lowers medical aid costs, improves customer satisfaction levels, managing chronic conditions, reducing stress and anxiety as well as promoting a better quality of life,” she added.

It was said that exercising only constituted 20 percent of weight loss; the rest came from monitoring diet. This meant it would be useless to exercise and indulge in unhealthy eating.

This second phase of the Biggest Loser follows the successful first phase of the competition at City Parks. It is based on the television show of the same name. The first phase ended on 11 November 2011 with Sylvia Mashegane taking the prize for losing 16,1kg, or 13,8 percent of her total body weight.

Competitors followed a strenuous exercise routine for the 12 weeks of the challenge. It included an eating plan, and they learned about healthy eating. The undertaking focused on three aspects: changing diet, exercising, and educating competitors on how to get the best results by combining the first two elements.

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