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Posted by admin, August 14, 2012 9:54 am

People hoping to transform themselves will not be the only winners in an eight-week weight loss challenge now underway.

Babies in the Special Care Nursery at Bundaberg Hospital will also benefit with funds raised from this challenge going to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to buy medical equipment for the ward.

Several Bundaberg businesses are involved in the running of the Health and Wellness Challenge which is aiming to increase the awareness of obesity, obesity-related illness and associated health care costs.

Bundaberg Crossfit manager Alec Munn said a team of health professionals and consultant would assist participants during the challenge.

“We hope to promote not only weight loss, but also a complete body and life transformation for people taking part,’’ Mr Munn said.

There are two winning categories in the challenge (1) the greatest percentage of weight loss and (2) the most funds raised for charity.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet encouraged people to take part in this event not only because funds would benefit local patients but also because participants would be taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

“The Foundation buys non-government funded medical equipment for the Bundaberg Hospital and the special care nursery has a number of items on its wish list that we are aiming to buy from resuscitation trolleys to recliner chairs for new mothers,’’ she said.

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