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The South Lake Chamber lot Commerce was the biggest winner in the losing game. The local business organization beat out other chambers in Lake County in the "friendly" area wide competition.

The South Lake Chamber was challenged by the Leesburg Area and Eustis Chambers to encourage employees to get fit and see, both as a team and as a chamber, who could lose the most body fat percentage by diet, exercise or combination of both.

South Lake Hospital provided optional lipid screenings, monthly fat percentage counts, memberships to the Live Well Fitness Center, and free lectures designed to provide support throughout the challenge.

The South Lake Chamber won, fat down, with the highest loss of body fat. South Lake lost 5.67 percent to the Leesburg Chamber with 5.28 percent.

Individual teams from South Lake also scored high in the competition which started March 3. The "Fit4Life" team, comprised of team members Curt Henderson, Shannon & David Hidalgo, Dalil Said, and Daniel Whitehouse, lost a total of 12.1 percent body fat to claim first place.

Each of the team members receive an annual membership to the Live Well Fitness Center, 30 minute infrared sauna sessions, and gift certificates to Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards.

Second place was presented to team "Dorr's Plumbing" with a total of 11.5 percent body fat loss and third place went to team "Healthy Rocks" with a total of 10.9 percent lost.

"As the winner, the South Lake Chamber gets to proudly display the Wellness Challenge Championship trophy for the next year at their offices," announced Chamber President Ray San Fratello.

He added, "Our hope when we took on this challenge was that businesses would be playful and challenge each other, as well as our cities challenging each other locally. The response has been overwhelming with 31 teams participating in our inaugural year, and we have surpassed our financial goal, and all for the great cause of promoting health, wellness, and fitness."

In addition to winners being announced, a donation of $2500 was presented to the Community Foundation of South Lake's new Sports Foundation.


South Lake Chamber teams are the biggest
winners in the county wide Wellness Challenge
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Winners in the Wellness Challenge and staff that monitored the program were honored at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce last week. The Chamber edged out two other chambers in the weight loss and body fat reduction challenge. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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