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|Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane leads a team of coaches and fitness experts to train the 2014 team in the race to personal victory.
The Biggest Winner Challenge is a friendly competiton to see who can make the greatest strides in overall health and fitness by the day of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
. The team undergoes an intense weight management program
through Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center, and race training with Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane and the Knoxville Track Club.They aren't super human athletes. This team is made up of people who come from all walks of life, have a variety of fitness levels, and possess a desire to make a change.
The Biggest Winner Challenge was created in 2005, as Covenant Health sought a means to further carry out its not-for-profit mission of improving the quality of life in East Tennesse through better health. With unrelenting obesity rates, and all the problems associated with poor diet and exercise habits, Coach Kane came up with the idea of selecting a team of "real" people to be ambassadors for health and fitness - people East Tennesseans could relate to - people who were leading the way by changing their own lives. Since then, our previous teams have lost a combined total of about 600 pounds, seen some dramatic results in health measures, and have helped improved the health of their communities, as well.
We look forward to another great season of inspiration and change as the members of the 2014 team take the first steps to personal victory.
2014 Covenant Health Biggest Winner Team
Jack Harvey, Kingston
Joy Gornto, Knoxville
Perry Pruitt, Karns
Mark Jones, Knoxville
Debi Haney, Knoxville
Teresa Walker, Powell
Evangeline "Red" Smith, Knoxville
Cynthia Tipton, Knoxville
Susan Merrell, Knoxville
Pat Godfrey, Knoxville
Jennifer Meckles, WBIR
Josh Ward, WNML Sports Animal
Phil Kaplan, News Sentinel
Missy Kane - Head Coach
Phil Kaplan - Assistant Coach
Joe Mitchell - Assistant Coach
Chris O'Hearn - Strength/Life Coach
Karen Lacey - Team Dietitian
Check the left side of this page for fitness tips and to learn more about the Covenant Health Biggest Winner program.