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KSB program offers new focus, lifestyle change

Prize money one of incentives in weight-loss quest

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 3:01 p.m. CST
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Chris Magnafici, a teacher's aide who works with preschool students at Reagan Middle School in Dixon, lost 30 pounds while participating in KSB Hospital's Operation Move to Win program. In its third session, now completed, 498 people combined to lose 2,920 pounds. Magnafici's weight-loss percentage was second best among women in the program, earning her a prize of $1,122.75.

DIXON – Chris Magnafici had forgotten about the possibility of winning some money; she was too focused on the program that was helping her to lose weight and get healthier.

Magnafici, 57, is a teacher’s aide with the Lee County Special Education Association and works with preschool students at Reagan Middle School.

In January, she and 50 other Dixon Public Schools teachers started KSB Hospital’s Operation Move to Win, a 12-week weight-loss program.

The program had 498 participants who lost a combined 2,920 pounds, said Chris Scheffler, a community wellness coordinator at the hospital.

Magnafici ended the program down 30 pounds. Her 14.95 percent weight loss was good enough for second place among all the women in the program, which brought her $1,122.75.

“I’ve since lost a few more,” she said. “So I’ve lost 39 pounds. It’s going to be an ongoing effort. I just have to stay focused with it.”

She will have to continue to stay focused, as will all participants, to keep losing weight, because her focus on her goal was so strong during the 12 weeks, that the prize money wasn’t even on her mind.

“My goal was to lose probably about 10 pounds a month, which I pretty much did,” Magnafici said. “And I forgot all about the prize money. I didn’t even think about that. I know some people were like, ‘Yeah, I’d like to get that money,’ but I honestly forgot about that.

“That was the icing on the cake, really, the money we got from it. And I just kind of forgot about that. But it was the weight loss that was the main thing.”

Of the 50 Dixon teachers in the program, Magnafici said, about 10 were in the Reagan building, and they walked together – through the school along a set path established by one of the teachers – exercised together and kept each other focused and optimistic.

That camaraderie, Scheffler said, is an important part of the program to help people through the tough times and keep them accountable.

Carrie Grobe, the hospital’s wellness dietitian, also is a major part of the program.

“The program is designed around her,” Scheffler said. “So every person in the program gets to have a counseling session every month with Carrie.”

Those counseling sessions address the specific needs of that individual, Scheffler said, be it diabetes, hitting a plateau in the program, or finding healthy recipes to make at home.

A behavior modification part of the program helps people to understand why they gain weight or why they can’t lose weight, Scheffler said.

“Our program brings accountability, behavior modification, and our dynamic Wellness Dietitian Carrie Grobe, and if you met her, you would just want to listen to her for hours,” Scheffler said. “She makes the program complete.”

Scheffler and KSB awarded prize money to the company with the largest percentage of weight loss; to the top three weight loss percentages for men and women; and for the person with the most dynamic lifestyle improvement.

Participants won $7,482 in prize money.

Magnafici didn’t end the program with just some prize money; she ended the program with a lifestyle change and a new attitude toward weight loss.

“I know now I have to keep focused on this,” she said.

The winners

• Most Dynamic Lifestyle Improvement Award – Kris Hill

• Company with the biggest weight loss percentage – Chris Hammit Insurance Agency Inc., 6.15 percent.

Female individual winners

• First place – Larissa Dale, 16.87 percent

• Second place – Chris Magnafici, 14.95 percent

• Third place – Dana Wallin, 14.81 percent

Male individual winners

• First place – Lee Eastman, 27.21 percent

• Second place – Evan Thorpe, 27.03 percent

• Third place – Chris DeHaven, 25.74 percent

Join the program

KSB Hospital's next phase of Operation Move to Win will start Aug, 12. Registration costs $20 a person.

Individuals, businesses and organizations can join.

For more information or to register, call Community Wellness Coordinator Chris Scheffler at 815-285-5932.

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