Sumter Regional Employees Lose Weight in the Shape Up Club

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Three days a week, for the next six months, Mattie Jordan will be out on the track of Americus-Sumter High School, competing against her co-workers to see who can lose the most weight.

"I was thrilled, because I know it was time for me to get myself in shape," said Jordan, a Sumter Regional employee.

Team Red and Team Green will weigh in against each other every Monday.

Just like the popular weight loss reality shows, the losing team will have to vote someone off each week.

"Basically, it's going to be a competitive thing, but instead of a game, it's a game of life, because these exercises will help us live long, healthy lives and hopefully we can inspire other people to come out and exercise," said Marcus Johnson, the leader of the Red Team and also an employee at Sumter Regional.

Many of the competitors say the team dynamic ultimately pushes them to do better.

"When your down, its nice to have someone saying you can do it, just the encouragement...lots of times when you do things on your own, you find every excuse in the book not to do it," said Stacey Lowe, a nurse at Sumter Regional.

Mattie Jordan hopes to lose 80 pounds over the course of the competition...and even at this early stage, she is already down 16.

"I can tell a difference, but I got a long way to go...I'm never going to give up," said Jordan.

Team leaders Marcus Johnson and Comfort Green hope to bring the program to local schools in Americus as well, to try and address the growing obesity problem with the younger generation.