PBPN Involved in Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge

January 22, 2013 –

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The Diabetes Program offers several exercise programs in the PBPN community like the one pictured above which is a weekly 15-minute walk during break times for employees. 


MAYETTA:  The Diabetes Prevention Program is encouraging teams of five from the PBPN community to get involved in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge.  Last month, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced a statewide weight-loss challenge to all Kansans in an effort of helping people become more physically active and to eat healthy foods.  The deadline for signing up is Thursday at noon and teams can register at

The Prairie Band Diabetes Program team, that consists of Melinda Williamson, Kathy Sterbenz, Cody Wilson, and Eddie Joe Mitchell, are helping to support the challenge by having team meetings, providing one-on-one or team exercise and nutrition instruction to ensure that all the teams are successful in their weight-loss.  They are also working with other tribal entities in obtaining prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace winners.  Weigh-ins are presently taking place at the Health Center and can be scheduled by calling Lifetime Fitness Coach Cody Wilson at 785.966.8272.

The challenge ends on May 15, 2013 and is pitting teams of five to compete against the Governor’s team of five in losing the greatest percentage of total starting weight.  Non-state employee groups (tribes, municipalities, businesses, etc) throughout Kansas are participating in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge and so far over 1,000 teams have signed up.