Louisiana Hospital Association Recognizes OGHS Employees in Geaux Lite Weight Loss Challenge


Louisiana Hospital Association Recognizes OGHS Employees in Geaux Lite Weight Loss Challenge


Opelousas, LA, May 5, 2014 – The Louisiana Hospital Association recently announced the winners of the Geaux Lite Louisiana Statewide Hospital Weight Loss Challenge, an initiative to address the state’s obesity epidemic. Marlene Mistrot won the Achievement Prize for Opelousas General Health System by losing a total of 31.2 lbs. in six months, and Michaela Stevens won most pounds lost in the entire state of Louisiana, totaling 72.3 lbs.  Winners will be recognized May 12 at a Geaux Lite Celebration in Baton Rouge. 

“Maintaining a healthy weight is key to overall health and enjoying a great quality of life.  We are fortunate at Opelousas General Health System that our board and staff had the vision to create a wellness program which offers our employees the tools necessary in maintaining a healthy weight.  They recognize the importance and understand the benefits,” said Mark Marley, President/CEO, OGHS.  Melinda Fontenot, OGHS Team Leader, said “I know how hard the weight loss journey is.  I am so proud of these young ladies and their success”.  “After losing all of this weight, I feel better and my diabetes and hypertension is controlled without the use of medication, and that is the biggest reward,” said Michaela Stevens.

Geaux Lite Louisiana is a fun, free, 6-month competition in which hospital teams, made up of staff, family members, individuals and community partners competed to lose weight and get healthy. The challenge started Oct. 1, 2013 and ended April 1, 2014.

            “The hospital team weight loss winners should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Paul Salles, president and CEO of the LHA. “It took hard work to lose the weight, with hospital staff and other team members working together to stay motivated. Now the challenge will be working together to keep it off and to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

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