While close to 300 people started the campaign, which ended Saturday, Amy Patterson at the YMCA said that between 60 and 80 continued to weigh-in each week.
“It’s not a quick fix,” said Patterson.
Jenny Ward was the winner of the individual weight loss segment of the program, dropping 25.91 percent of her body weight.
Ward said she made an intentional effort to lose weight about four years ago after being diagnosed with leukemia. She did well for two years, and then started to eat again after a death in her family. “This (Health Quest) was exactly what I needed to be me going again,” Ward said.
The WOPS team — Barbara Payne, Melinda Rose, Cathy Dominy and Nellie Justice — was the winner of the team competition, dropping 17 percent of their combined body weight.
Payne said it really helped her to have a support system, as her team accomplished much of the weight loss through walking. “It was a lot of fun doing it as a team,” Dominy said.
Each of the winners received a subscription to the Rome News-Tribune and a membership at theYMCA.
Last year’s top individual loser, Doug Walker, encourages the participants to continue with their efforts even though the program is over for the year.
The YMCA, Rome News-Tribune, Floyd Medical Center, Mount Berry Square mall and Subway sponsored Health Quest II.