Amazing 18 kilogram weight loss for Outrigger “Biggest Winner”

Photo: Winner Jane Turaga receiving her $1,000 winner’s cheque from General Manager Peter Hopgood and Executive Assistant Manager, Lindsey Palmer.


After the recent success of the Outrigger on the Lagoon management team weight loss and fitness campaign, the challenge was thrown at to the staff at the resort to undertake a similar challenge.

The 12 week program commenced on the 12th May 14 after staff from the Sigatoka Hospital carried out physical check-ups which included a blood sugar test, blood pressure, weight and height test and a BMI calculation as well as providing dietary advice.

A total of 50 staff enrolled in the program which ran for 12 weeks and rewarded participants with $5 for every kilo lost while the individual with the highest percentage of weight loss for any week received $100.

The resort’s Activities Attendant Sepesa Leweniqila, a certified physical trainer, put together a different workout program every month with a weigh-in held every Monday to determine the winners for the week.

At a recent awards function, Ms. Jane Turaga, Engineering Administrator was named the Biggest Winner and received the first prize of $1000.

Jane said she had not joined the program for the money but for a complete life change. She said it had not only made a difference to her life but also to her children’s.

Jane’s initial weight was 102.25kg and she lost a total of 18kg taking her new weight to 84.25kg, a reduction in her body fat of 18 per cent.

Third place went to Verenaisi Ulalea (Meimei Department) who received a buffet dinner for two and second place to Ulamila Waqaiceice (Front Office Department) who won a night’s accommodation and breakfast for two plus a one hour spa treatment.

Collectively the 50 staff lost a total of 163 kilogramsduring the program.

Outrigger on the Lagoon . Fiji’s General Manager Peter Hopgood said that the most gratifying result of the initiative was the decision by a number of staff to continue the program after its conclusion and increase their fitness levels even further.

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