GULFPORT, MS (WLOX)
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. So to promote a healthier lifestyle, the WLOX News and Sales teams have a healthy competition going on to lose weight and raise money for the American Heart Association.
The WLOX Extreme Team showed up at Johnny Fayard Trucking Company in Gulfport, ready to for their first big weigh-in.
"I am so excited, yes," Good Morning Mississippi reporter Jessica Bowman said.
The teams were very pumped, well not so much to find out how the scale numbers, but to slim down and get healthy for a good cause.
"What we are going to do over the next few weeks is to do some fun things, change our lifestyle, change our habits," Account Executive Tracy Dedeaux said. "In addition to doing that, we are hoping to raise awareness of Heart Walk October 1st and raise funds for heart research."
This committed team is made up of sales associates, web producers, weekend anchors, and a meteorologist who are all passionate about taking care of the heart and losing weight.
"We are all human too, we have to watch what we eat, we have to exercise regularly," Weekend Anchor Terrance Friday said. "This is a reminder for me that I need to stay focused on my exercise and being healthy."
Before we hopped on the big truck scale to find out how many pounds we are packing, Station Manager Dave Vincent tried to take a wild guess at the results.
"Will we make a ton or 2,000 pounds, all of us? I don't know," Vincent said.
Although it was it a good guess, the total weight was a bit shocking to almost everyone.
"Oh my 3,774 pounds," Meteorologist Carrie Duncan said.
And unfortunately the scales don't lie, so that means we all have a lot of work to do. But this WLOX crew is determined to get fit, heart healthy and inspire others watching on the couch to do the same.
If you want to join the extreme team and help raise money for the Heart Association, click on the sites below for more information: