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Manitoba First Nation offers cash prizes in weight loss competition – CBC

St. Theresa Point holds 3 month challenge in an effort to boost health and morale

Sep 21, 2020

A First Nation in Manitoba with high rates of diabetes is hoping to boost community health by holding a weight loss competition with some large cash prizes.

“I’m pumped. I’m really, really excited about it, really encouraged, and I think it’s a great opportunity for our people to do something together,” said one of the participants, Stephanie Wood.

St. Theresa Point is an isolated Anishininew (Oji-Cree) community about 460 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

On Wednesday and Thursday, nearly 400 people in St. Theresa Point were weighed in for the community’s first-ever weight loss competition,¬†which¬†features a first place prize of $16,000.

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