RCMC awards winners of weight-loss competition


Lee Liguore, RCMC Clinical Dietitian; Julie Higgins, Castlewood High School; Eddie Greene, AVP/Administrator RCMC

 Eddie Green with WOW Winners
Lee Liguore, RCMC Clinical Dietitian;
Chris Conley, Castlewood High School;
Eddie Greene, AVP/Administrator RCMC
 Eddie Green with Julie Higgins and Lee Liguore
Lee Liguore, RCMC Clinical Dietitian;
Julie Higgins, Lebanon High School;
Eddie Greene, AVP/Administrator RCMC


LEBANON, Va. – Staff members from three Southwest Virginia high schools recently competed to lose weight in the WOW Weight Loss Competition and received awards from the competition sponsor, Russell County Medical Center (RCMC).

Classroom grants of $250 each were awarded to Julie Higgins of Castlewood High School, Betty Davis of Honaker High School, and Chris Conley of Lebanon High School. Conley was also the grand prize winner of an iPad for losing 16 percent of his total body weight.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this competition, and are proud of the participants for throwing their hats in the ring and making lasting lifestyle changes,” said Eddie Greene, RCMC vice president. “As a hospital, it is important for us to promote healthy choices in our community, and this contest was one way for us to do so.”

During the eight-week WOW Weight Loss Competition, which began in mid-March, school staff members were challenged to see who could lose the greatest percentage of total body weight. Participants received free health screenings, including an initial assessment and a final assessment of weight, blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). They also received journals to keep track of their diet and exercise, as well as regular emails containing recipe ideas, motivation and exercise tips.

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care.  For more information, visit www.msha.com.



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