NEWMAN -- And the winner of West Side bragging rights for the next year is
the city of Patterson.
A 10-member team representing Patterson won the Westside Biggest Loser contest, an annual eight-week weight-loss effort sponsored by Stanislaus County's Westside Health Care Task Force.
Weigh-in was Thursday afternoon, with the usual good-natured ribbing among contestants:
"Hey, you're wearing flip-flops. Weren't you wearing boots at the first weigh-in?"
"Sucking in your gut doesn't lower the number on the scale."
And, after stepping off the scale, which was provided by the county's agriculture commissioner's office: "Anybody got a doughnut?"
Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini, who leads the task force, was a member of Patterson's winning team, contributing 5 pounds to its overall 75-pound loss.
For DeMartini, the loss was also a personal victory. "I kept off the 12 pounds I lost last year, then lost 5 more," he said.
In all, the Patterson team lost 3.9 percent of its collective weight.
"That's good weight loss," said Milton O'Haire, assistant agriculture commissioner, who oversaw the weigh-in.
Results were delayed a bit in the interest of criminal justice: A Newman police officer who helped represent that city got a call just as the weigh-in began.
In addition to being a spirited competition among teams representing Gustine, Newman and Patterson, the contest is aimed at inspiring longer-term changes among West Side residents. The sponsoring task force was formed to increase access to health services and information on the West Side.
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