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South Shore group loses weight for health services foundation

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South Shore group loses weight for health services foundation

COUNTY – Two South Shore residents are losing weight for a worthy cause.

Peter Zwicker and Kevin Corkum have launched a 10-week weight-loss challenge. To encourage the healthy competition, the two are collecting per-pound sponsors. The money collected will be donated to the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore.

“I need to lose weight,” said Mr. Zwicker, who tipped the scales at 272 pounds on January 5, the first week of the challenge. His friend and bandmate weighed 252 pounds.

Mr. Zwicker decided that instead of quietly trying to take off the pounds, he’d make the feat public to encourage him to stick to his goal.

“I thought it might be a little more motivating because everybody is going to be watching your progress,” said Mr. Zwicker. “Maybe if I’m in Tim Hortons and going to buy one of those wonderful doughnuts, someone might say, ‘Hey Peter, didn’t I sponsor you?'” he laughed.

On a more serious note, Mr. Zwicker said if he becomes healthier, the cost of his health care will be reduced. He said that benefits all residents of the South Shore.

“My personal perspective is to knock off weight and be healthier and active,” he said.

Mr. Corkum said he signed up because of his competitive nature. He said he is more likely to stick to the program if there is a competition with Mr. Zwicker.

Although Mr. Zwicker said he would like to shed 60 pounds overall, he hopes that in 10 weeks it is more likely that he will lose up to 25 pounds.

About five more people have joined their weight-loss challenge but are preferring to be more private about it. That money will also be donated to the foundation.

One of his sponsors has decided to kick in $5 a pound. Mr. Zwicker said if he maintains the weight loss until December 24, the sponsor will double the contribution to the foundation.

For more information or to sponsor Mr. Zwicker or Mr. Corkum e-mail zwicker@ns.sympatico.ca.

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