Thursday, April 25, 2013
Covenant Announces Weight Loss Challenge Winners
Losing Weight to Gain a Better Quality of Life
Bryan Paschal (left) and B.J. Telfer (right) lost a
combined total of 145 pounds while training for
the Covenant Health Half Marathon.
Congratulations to the champions of the 2013 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Biggest Winner Challenge! This year, two men were honored for
their efforts in achieving better health and fitness while training for events in the marathon.
Bryan Paschal receives the award for overall Biggest Winner. Paschal is a teacher at Gresham Middle School who lost 70 pounds on the program. But Paschal has done much more than dropping pounds. He’s made dramatic strides in health and fitness, is paying it forward. Paschal has become a constant advocate for a healthy lifestyle, pointing people to his blog where he shares advice and encouragement. He also helped start an exercise program for the students at his Gresham Middle School, where he’s a math teacher.
B.J. Telfer is this year’s weight loss champion. With a total weight loss of about 75 pounds in five months, he has surpassed all previous participants from every Biggest Winner team. But there’s more to his story. Telfer’s weight loss journey began four months before he joined the team. In July 2012, he weighed nearly 400 pounds, making his weight loss even more impressive and more life changing.
Both Paschal and Telfer crossed the finish line in the half marathon on April 7. They each received a package of prizes from marathon sponsors and a plaque from Covenant Health.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Biggest Winner Challenge was started in 2010 as a way to inspire East Tennesseans to seek a better quality of life through health and fitness. They use Covenant Health resources and expert advice to tackle their troublesome weight problems. The goal is to see who can make the greatest strides in health and fitness by race day.
Team members are chosen through applying online at www.covenanthealth.com/biggestwinner
. Judges select individuals from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of fitness levels.