Wellness Pavilion nominated for fitness award

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RANGELEY — The Better For Life competition recently earned a nomination for a Maine Fitness Award.

The nomination was made by Rangeley resident Allan Wicken, a physical therapist and member of the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity. The Better For Life competition, sponsored by the Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership, was among more than a dozen organizations nominated in the community category. A total of 30 nominations were made statewide for the annual award.

“The fitness staff at the Wellness Pavilion are very pleased by the recognition from the Governor’s Council on Physical Activity. It motivates us to continue with our long-term commitment to the health, fitness and improved physical performance of our community,” said Jeff Hawksley, fitness director at the Wellness Pavilion. “The weight loss and performance gain along with the knowledge the challenge contestants have gained in the past few months is impressive,” he said.

Now in its third year, the Better For Life challenge started in 2008 as the “Biggest Loser” competition and was changed to the “Big and Fit Loser” challenge in 2009. In those two years, 200 participants finished the program with more than 2,700 pounds and inches lost.

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This year’s competition includes 50 entrants in the Better For Life fitness, nutrition and weight loss competition and 31 competitors in the Superman/Wonder Woman fitness program.

“Just from observing the effort put into organizing the program and the number of people regular about attendance the program really seemed to resonate with the community. It looked like a good program and I decided to go for it (the nomination),” said Wicken.

Winners were chosen by the council earlier this month. Though not among the 12 winners chosen statewide, representatives of the Wellness Pavilion were on hand for a recognition ceremony for all the winners and nominees on April 27 in the Statehouse Hall of Flags in Augusta.

The Maine Fitness Awards are given to recognize individual Maine people businesses, schools, civic groups and other organizations that promote physical activity and offers those groups and individuals the opportunity to feature their accomplishments in physical activity.

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