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Inmates proud to be among biggest losers

Friday, April 28, 2006

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Pictured are Indiana Department of Corrections Commissioner J. David Donahue, Gov. Mitch Daniels and James Boyles. The governor recognized inmates who lost the most weight during a visit to the Rockville Correctional Facility on Wednesday.

Gov. Mitch Daniels took some time during his visit to the Rockville Correctional Facility Wednesday to honor the biggest losers among the facility's inmates.

For Daniels' statewide INShape Indiana initiative, the recreation staff at the facility devised a contest reminiscent of the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser," challenging corrections employees in Rockville to see who could lose the most weight.

The program was initially available only to prison staff but gradually began to draw interest from the inmate population.

"We had offenders coming to us and wanting to participate," said James Boyles, leader of the prison's recreation staff.

Boyles gave them the OK, dividing inmates into teams according to their living arrangements and keeping regular tabs on their progress.

When all was said and done, the inmates participating in the weight-loss challenge lost a total of 206.6 pounds of body fat.

"That's a whole person," Boyles joked.

Daniels congratulated the "losers" on their hard work, heralding the inmates and staff who took on the challenge as an example for the rest of the state.

"Our inmate population is doing better than our overall population," he said.

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