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Parsippany Takes Top Honors in New Jersey's First-Ever Toxic Waistlines Contest
Date:7/9/2009

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Parsippany took top honors in the state's first-ever 100-day "Toxic Waistlines" Contest, which began on March 1st and ended on June 2nd. With participating residents losing an average of 4.167 inches off their waist lines and a combined 494.9 pounds, Parsippany was presented with a plaque and Morris County bragging rights over 13 other participating communities.

Residents throughout northern and central New Jersey also participated on an individual basis, competing to see who could lose the most percentage of weight during the 100 days. Individual honors of Whole Foods Market gift cards and a $1,000 check went to:

  • Robert Zanfino (Lincoln Park) who lost 28% (54.5 lbs) and 13 inches off his waist line
  • Roberta Waffenfeld (Parsippany) who lost 24% (52 lbs) and 9 inches off her waist line
  • Susan Graziano (Parsippany) who lost 20% (36.4 lbs) and 5.5 inches off her waist line

In total, the 14 participating communities collectively lost 622.25 inches off their waistlines and 2,617.56 pounds. A total of 264 individuals participated in the competition.

"This has been a fun way to promote community fitness and we could not be more pleased with the results," said Emily Littman, Director of the Mayors Wellness Campaign. "The fourteen towns that participated really stepped up and we were astounded by the number of individuals who decided to take control of their lives and join the Toxic Waistlines competition."

Parsippany Mayor Michael Luther added, "I am proud of our town. Our residents really worked hard to achieve this well-deserved honor. Healthy lifestyles and community fitness are important elements to the well being of any town."

"This proves once again that when people are given the right tools and the right motivation, they will take
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