Skinny jeans, fat laptops among rewards in USAO weight loss initiative
Chelsea Butler knew exactly why she wanted to lose weight when she enrolled in a weight-loss, health awareness initiative at the University of Science and Arts in January.
“I have two kids – a two and six year old – and I wanted to get more active to set a good example for them and be able to keep up with them,” Butler said.
“For every 10 pounds I lost, I would reward myself with a new outfit to wear at the gym and, for every 25 pounds, I’d get a new pair of workout shoes. I’m working on that second pair of shoes now and really look forward to working out.”
After three months of work at home and the gym while being more conscious of what and how much she was eating, Butler has two other prizes to enjoy—a 11 percent loss in body mass and a brand new Hewlett Packard laptop.
Butler, a freshman elementary education major from Chickasha, joins USAO Print Shop Manager Adam Heilman as a winner in the second year of the Make Marble Pay program at USAO. The laptops were awarded to the student and staff/faculty member with the highest body mass percentage lost during the contest period.
“My wife’s birthday coincided nicely with the end of the competition,” Heilman said, “and I thought, ‘What better present could I give her than a skinny husband and a fat laptop?’”
Like Butler, Heilman’s success came through a sustained effort to regulate his diet and increase his time spent being active.
“I spent a lot of time running and playing basketball. I didn’t really think of it as work because I was enjoying the time spent so much.”
Heilman trimmed a total of 9.4 percent of his total body mass to emerge as the winner in the staff/faculty category.
The program kicked off in 2011 with a challenge from Dr. Dex Marble, vice-president for academic affairs, to students, faculty and staff alike. For every pound lost, Marble would donate $10 to the scholarship fund.
In total, USAO students, faculty and staff lost a total of 250 pounds and raised $2500 for the general scholarship fund.