Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Biggest losers win first place in competition


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Greg and Michelle (white sweater) Kenyon are the first and second people in the front row, and Kristine Salzer is standing next to Michelle. Duane Waseen is in the back row on right (tall with beard) and Scott Salzer on the right end of the first row holding a bag . Caitlin Miller is in the back row behind Michelle. The names of the other winners in the photo were unknown.

People from the area found success in a weight loss program called Duluze for the first 13 weeks of the year. Michelle and Greg Kenyon of Willow River are two of those people.

"We read an ad about it in the Evergreen shopper," said Michelle in a telephone interview. "Both Greg and I were miserable and had to do something. We signed up for the program and we lost 21.2 percent of our body weight."

Sponsors of Duluze were the Duluth News Tribune, St. Luke's Hospital, Essentia Health and others. Dieticians from St. Luke's were on hand at the weigh-in on Jan. 17 to offer advice, however, no diet was prescribed.

"We had to go on our own sensible diet," said Michelle. "Greg and I chose a low-carb diet. We lost the most of all of the participants."

The participants were divided into teams. Greg and Michelle became a co-ed team of two, Team Sentimental Journey. A co-ed team of four people from Moose Lake, the Moose Losers, also participated.

The Moose Losers were Kristine and Scott Salzer, Caitlin Miller and Duane Waseen.

"It was a fun way to get motivated," said Michelle. "We had to weigh ourselves every Friday morning and then log in on the website and record our weight. If we didn't do that, we were out of the competition."

Greg and some of the others went to the fitness center to work out for exercise. Michelle said that she exercised when she worked on their hobby farm taking care of their six cows, a horse, a donkey and chickens.

Michelle said that she works part-time as a paraprofessional at Willow River Elementary. Greg is a guard at the prison in Moose Lake.

At the end of the 13 weeks, the group met again at the Union Depot in Duluth on April 18 and weighed out. Prizes were awarded to the teams that lost the most weight.

Greg and Michelle Kenyon won the top prize of $600 for losing 21.2 percent of their weight, the most of the two-person teams.

"We learned from it," said Michelle. "It was fun!"

The Moose Losers also won a prize of $1,200 for losing the most weight of the four-person teams. They lost 14.4 percent of their weight, said Michelle. Each team was also awarded a trophy.

"We feel so much better," said Michelle. "Even though the program has ended, we plan to stay on the low-carb diet."

Michelle said that there are no other plans for another Duluze program at this time. But they were glad to have been a part of it.


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