The Get Fit Dan River’s wellness challenge resulted in a gain for Piedmont Community College (PCC) and the Caswell Family Medical Center. The two organizations shared the $5,000 prize for the Caswell County team’s win in the Get Fit Challenge’s weight loss competition.

Get Fit’s Ciji Moore and Stephanie Ferrugia presented the check to the winning Caswell County team following a brief fitness workout at PCC’s Caswell County Campus. Accepting the check for PCC were Shelly Stone, Caswell County Campus Provost and Dean, Caswell Curriculum Programs; Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President; Patti Clayton, coordinator, PCC Alumni Partnership; Shirley Deal, Executive Director, CFMC; Pennie Crumpton, CFMC community dietitian; and Barbara Montague, outreach and public relations, CFMC. 

Stone, Crumpton, and Montague along with Don Donovan of Body Dynamics led the Caswell County community in participating in the fitness challenge that resulted in the winning total weight loss of 1,240 pounds during the three and one-half month challenge.

CFMC plans to put its portion of the prize money back into the community through educational projects and health fairs, according to Deal. “The community helped us win the challenge,” she said. “Pennie and Barbara worked hard to get the community involved, and they’re going to continue that crusade to preach the word about the importance of healthy eating and eating locally grown foods.”

PCC’s portion of the winnings are going to the PCC Foundation to be used for the PCC Alumni Partnership’s New Beginnings scholarship, a scholarship for students “who are returning to school in an effort to find their second chance.”

“With this scholarship, the Partnership would like to serve the community, share the Partnership’s resources and support individuals who are determined to return to an educational setting and become more competitive in today’s job market,” according to the scholarship guidelines. Two scholarships are awarded each year.

Ferrugia and Moore said Get Fit Dan River plans to have another Get Fit challenge beginning in January.



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Accepting a $5,000 check from Get Fit Dan River Region are, from left: Pennie Crumpton and Barbara Montague, Caswell Family Medical Center (CFMC); Dr. Walter Bartlett, PCC President; Shelly Stone, Provost and Dean, Curriculum Programs, Caswell County Campus, PCC; Shirley Deal, Executive Director, CFMC; Stephanie Ferrugia and Ciji Moore, Get Fit Dan River Region; and Patti Clayton, coordinator, PCC Alumni Partnership.

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