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In March 2014, Oak Brook Park District's annual Choose to Lose program ended with spectacular results. In just eight short weeks, the program's dedicated participants shed 819 pounds.
The program, directed by fitness supervisor Michael Delgado and sponsored in part by Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, began Jan. 13 with a focus on providing the support, education and motivation necessary to create a positive and healthy weight loss environment. For one Oak Brook man, the tools provided during the program proved to be a lifesaver.
On Jan. 20, Tim Bolt, 55, of Oak Brook, decided to attend a free cardiac seminar in order to earn a 0.5 pound bonus deduction for his team's weekly weigh-in. After listening to the information presented by Hinsdale Hospital cardiologist Dr. Gregory Lewis, Bolt started thinking something wasn't quite right. His wife and teammate, Beth Bolt, encouraged him to take advantage of the complimentary calcium score screening the hospital provided to each Choose to Lose participant at the beginning of the program.
Using advanced, non-invasive CT technology and low-dose radiation, the calcium score screening takes an in-depth look at a patient's heart and blood vessels to determine the level of calcium buildup. The score can help determine the risk of coronary artery disease, even if no symptoms are displayed.
Doctors confirmed Bolt's fear, something was wrong. Bolt had a quadruple bypass on March 11 and is recovering.
Bolt's team, Twice As Nice, which included Beth and friends Nancy and Howard Van Dyke of Lombard, won the four-person team division, dropping 94.4 pounds or 13.89 percent of their total body weight in just eight weeks. Bolt himself came in second place out of 102 participants with a total weight loss of 33.2 pounds or 15.47 percent of his total body weight.
The Choose to Lose is offered each January as part of the park district's New Year New You wellness campaign. For more information on this program or to see the results, visit www.obparks.org/choose-to-lose.