Mind-Body-and-Soul-Chal-01Grand prize winner of the Mind, Body and Soul Challenge, Sgt. David Howe stands with Melissa Ross, health promotions coordinator, MURRAY, Ky. (4/18/14) — Sgt. David Howe of the Murray Police Department was the grand prize winner of the Mind, Body and Soul Challenge sponsored by the Wellness Works program at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

A culmination of three separate challenges, the program aimed to target three areas of wellness; the mind, the body and the soul. Participation was extended to the staff at MCCH, members of the Center for Health and Wellness, staff members of the City of Murray and employees of the Calloway County School District.

For the "Mind" portion, a six-week well-being campaign began in January that targeted stress management. Financial and nutritional workshops were paired with Yoga and Tai Chi classes to address sources of stress. The "Walk On" campaign followed, to target the "Body" in a six-week challenge. The campaign was designed for participants to safely meet their health and fitness goals, whether simply to improve their health status or to prepare for the 2014 Murray Half Marathon. Finally, the "Soul" portion involved participating in the Murray Half Marathon and feeling a sense of achievement while taking part in a charitable event.

A total of 131 people signed up for the well-being campaign and 25 successfully completed all of the required tasks to be eligible for a grand prize drawing (which included a 3-month membership to the Center for Health and Wellness, 5 free personal training sessions, a one hour massage, two free 30-minute nutritional consults and a t-shirt). Center for Health and Wellness member Chris Morgan won the grand prize.

Mind-Body-and-Soul-Chall-2Melissa Ross, health promotions coordinator, stands with three winners from the Walk On Campaign, a component of the Mind, Body and Soul Challenge sponsored by the Wellness Works program at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Pictured, (l-r) Ross, Renee Garland, Susan Adams and Kaeleigh Jones.

The Walk On campaign had 41 participants, and prizes were awarded to the participants with most percentage of weight loss and most waist circumference inches lost. Susan Adams lost 7.99 percent body weight and Renee Garland lost 2.75 inches off her waist circumference to claim the prizes. A third prize package was given to a random participant, and Kaeleigh Jones was selected.

Finally, 16 total participants were eligible for the complete Mind, Body and Soul Challenge by also participating in the Murray Half Marathon for the Soul portion of the program.

The concept was developed by Melissa Ross and Sean Stonecipher at the Center for Health and Wellness, and supported by MCCH and several local businesses that donated items for door prizes.

For more information about upcoming Wellness Works events or health promotions, contact Ross at (270) 762-1832.

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