ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Politicians normally don’t want to be known as losers. But for Minnesota lawmakers, that title will be a badge of honor.

Leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate on Monday will announce a “Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge” pitting each chamber against the other.

The statewide weight-loss challenge is aimed at getting Minnesotans to eat and live healthier. Participants earn points for losing extra pounds, exercising and eating nutritious foods.

A group of Minnesota companies known as the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota is offering the Minnesota Challenge. It runs from January through April 2010.

Besides legislative leaders, Monday’s announcement also will feature O’Neal Hampton and Jesse Atkins, former contestants on “The Biggest Loser.”

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Comments (3)
  1. PS says:

    Wonderful, I love hearing stories about folks taking care of their health. However, is this a distraction?? Let’s get going on Health Care reform. My husband has a degree, has been working for the same employer for 21 years. Each year they cut back on his benefits. We have Blue Cross Blue Shield major medical Insurance. We pay high premiums and have a $5k family/ $2,500 individual out of pocket deductible. Once the deductible is covered our insurance will cover 70%. We do not have any debt, however one major health problem could bankrupt us. Our premiums are through the roof. My son’s asma medicine is not even covered, because their is no generic rescue inhaler on the market. Our dental insurance, like many is almost non-existent. Let’s stop taxing the middle class at the expense of the wealthy!! If big business takes from the middle class, then the government should take back! I do not want to read another article that the republicans would not pass the tax break to the middle class because they did not include folks who made up to $2 million. Our Government needs to define middle class/ median income.

  2. JBB says:

    Why don’t they have a contest to see which group can cut the most spending with the least disruptions?

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    It might be a good way to tone down the rhetoric, perhaps they can use it as a way to make bi-partisan legislation.

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