Mike Harvey won a prize that not only benefits him, but his family.
The 40-year-old Guthrie man won $5,000 in Homeland food store's “Get Healthy Challenge,” a weight loss challenge that ran from Oct. 5 to Jan. 25. Participants had to work out, lose weight and run in a 5k race to be eligible to win.
Harvey, who lost 70 pounds, plans to use the money to take his family on a trip to Walt Disney World.
“I lost the weight for my son, who lost 85 pounds on his own and made a list of 85 things he wanted to do in a year, and then did them,” Harvey said, though there was another reason, too.
“Our family went to an amusement park and my son and I were going to ride a roller coaster. We got on the ride and they got my son fastened in, but I wasn't able to fit in the seat and have the fasteners lock. I had to get off and walk out in front of everyone,” he said.
Ten people started the challenge and nine finished the program, which included nutritional advice from Homeland's dietitian Alyson Dykstra, to workouts with personal trainers at Edmond's Title Boxing and a private Facebook page where they could compare notes and cheer each other on.
Dykstra said the contest was a success.
“The contestants lost a total of 267 pounds, 128.5 inches and dropped their total cholesterol 117 points.
The program has garnered both Dykstra and Homeland recognition.
She will be honored as Supermarket Dietitian of the year by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, and Homeland was selected as a Role Model award recipient, the highest honor the foundation gives. They will be honored in a March ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kellogg's Special K also sponsored the contest, providing snacks and money for the participants to buy healthy food during their first week. Those looking for health advice can send Dykstra questions at www.homelandstores.com/Dietitian.aspx.