Law enforcement agencies compete for lbs

SANTA ANA, Calif. "I started at 268 pounds and today I weigh 212 pounds," said Officer Rick Marckstadt, Santa Ana Police Department.

With three teams, ten weeks of sensible eating and exercise and coaching from Lindora Medical Clinics, the Orange County Sheriffs, Anaheim and Santa Ana police forces faced off for the big weigh in to show off the fruits of their labor.

In the end they had a combined weight loss of over 1,011 pounds, well over the suggested loss of ten percent body weight per person.

"Just ten percent weight loss is medically significant. It lowers the metabolic risk of disease. With cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose levels dropping significantly," said Cynthia Stamper Graff, Lindora CEO.

"I was actually on medication. I am a diabetic. Within a few weeks of the program I'm off all my medication for diabetes," said Officer Marckstadt.

This year the contest expanded to family members as well. Thirty adults and 17 kids participated in the weight war, with some pretty healthy results.

"I lost 49 pounds on it. It was hard at first but it kind of got easier. I feel a lot better though," said Christian Daruvala, a weight loss participant.

"The kids lost more than 10 percent and a couple of them had extraordinary results like 40 pound weight loss in ten weeks," said Graff.

Christian's dad, Sheriff Jonathan Daruvala found it manageable, as the whole family got into the game.

"It was a complete lifestyle change for the whole family. Even the younger kids were forced to lose weight because we didn't have junk in the house," said Sheriff Daruvala.

The end result? Orange County Sheriffs won although in a contest like this every loser is a winner.

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