UNC Health Care Healthiest You Challenge Finale

Thursday March 28, 2013

WCHL’s Heathiest Challenge, presented by UNC Heath Care, wrapped-up a successful campaign Tuesday evening at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont with an on-air finale.  As part of a “Healthiest You” team, participants received complimentary use of the Wellness Center, fitness counseling and healthy eating advice from the Center’s staff and motivation from their team’s coaches to stay on track.

Sixty-four candidates of all different shapes and backgrounds were randomly selected from an applicant pool in the hundreds.  The participants were challenged to lose the highest percentage of body weight within the six week period.  Participants were divided into 8 teams of 8 with each team having a sponsoring organization including UNC Health Care, WCHL and Chapelboro, Massage Envy, Happy Tooth, UPS Store, Chapel Hill Gymnastics, and the UNC Wellness Center.

The top male and female winner of the contest received a one year membership to the UNC Wellness Center.  And for the winners… Buddy Barr of Team Massage Envy won the male category losing an amazing 35.9 pounds, and Bethlehem Bonger of Team Chapelboro came out on top for the females losing 14.6 pounds. The runner-ups were Bob Lauterborn of Team Chapel Hill Gymnastics seeing a  11.01% change in weight and Heidi Troxler of Team UNC Health Care lost 7.01%.   In third, Nathan Stasko of Team WCHL losing 8.65% and Heather James of Team Massage Envy losing 6.72%.

Here is what the male winner Buddy had to say about his experience:
“The Challenge came at the perfect time for me, and I am very grateful to everyone at the UNC Wellness Center. From Jamy McGee to Samantha Maness and Dustin Buttars and the staff at the Wellness Center, the enthusiasm and encouragement displayed made me feel like I was a part of a family.

Opening your doors to the community is a great way to share the Carolina Way, and displays the “Class” I love about Carolina.”

We can’t thank everyone enough for making our second year hosting this event such a success!  Thank you to all the coaches and staff that put so much time and effort in to making this event possible.