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A partnership with the McGaw YMCA will encourage School District 65 staff to achieve their health and wellness goals this year.

Mira Kaiser, the health and wellness manager for the McGaw YMCA has organized a three-month “Shed Weight Not Tears” challenge.

Similar to the popular “Biggest Loser” contest on local TV, “Shed Weight …” pits teams of faculty and staff against each other for bragging rights and more. As an incentive, participants were offered a free three-month membership to McGaw YMCA.

Teams enrolled by school, and there are 170 participants to date.

Weight-loss results and the winning team will be known after March 28, when the competition ends, and prizes donated by the Y will be awarded to the winners.