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Lindora’s Battle of the Badges weigh-in shows loss of 722.6 lbs.

BY Michael Johnsen

COSTA MESA, Calif. Twenty members of law enforcement who participated in Lindora Medical Clinics’ inaugural Battle of the Badges stepped on the scales today in front of Tustin Rite Aid (home to one of nine Lindora Health Clinic locations in the area) and learned that they lost a total of 722.6 pounds.

Each had set a goal of losing 10 percent of their body weight during the 10-week program. While the Orange County Sheriffs exceeded their goal by losing a combined 12.19 percent, they were edged out by the Santa Ana Police Department who managed to lose 15.4 percent.

Underwritten by the nonprofit Lean For Life Foundation, Battle of the Badges pitted the two departments in the Lindora program. Emphasizing an “eat better, move more and stress less” philosophy, it combined diet, moderate exercise and motivational support and was designed to help participants lose 10 percent of their body weight in the first 10 weeks. Participants ranged in weight from 165 to 319 pounds. In addition to slimming down, they enjoyed a number of other health benefits including an average 12 percent reduction in blood sugar, 54 percent decrease in triglyceride levels, 22 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol and a 15 percent reduction in waist circumference.

In addition, all participants’ blood pressures dropped from pre-hypertension levels to within a normal range.

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Weis announces $80 million capital investment budget

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Wednesday announced an $80 million capital investment budget, representing a 23 percent increase from last year, for the ensuing year at the company’s annual meeting here.

“We will target three quarters of this budget to our store base,” stated Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets vice chairman. “We currently have 19 major projects in various stages of planning, including three new stores, two replacement units, nine additions and five remodels.”

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Mother’s Day spending expected to equal 2007

BY Doug Desjardins

WASHINGTON Consumers plan to spend about as much on Mother’s Day shopping this year as they did in 2007 despite higher gas prices and other economic woes, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

The NRF survey showed consumers on average are going to spend $138.63 on Mother’s Day shopping this year, a drop of less than 1 percent from last year ($139.14).

While fewer consumers plan to make jewelry their gift of choice this year (29.7 percent compared to 32.8 percent in 2007), they’re expected to spend $2.7 billion in the category. Consumers are also projected to spend $3 billion on dinners and brunch, $2 billion on flowers, $1.4 billion on clothing and $1.2 billion on consumer electronics like digital photo frames and cameras.

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