Not only is Teri Pikia taking a hard look at her own health and wellbeing, she’s also looking out for her entire whanau, and competition is heating up!
28 members (and three generations!) of the Pikia family and extended whanau have split into four teams to take each other on in a 12-week Biggest Loser Challenge where weigh ins occur each week and $5 fines are handed out for weight gain.
Points are calculated by the combined percentage of weight loss and activities completed throughout the week. The group, some of which are in the North Island and Australia, communicate via a closed Facebook group and Skype.
At the end the winners will receive the money pool (from fines and the $20 entry fee) and, of course, epic bragging rights!
The family are determined to become healthy and fit and have organized frequent physical activities including games, swimming, and often provide each other healthy eating tips. The challenge has inspired whanau to head to the gym, and participate in upcoming events such as the Surf to City.
They also enjoy monthly whanau days, where Nga Kete’s Mauri Ora Nurse Dee Curwood stops in to perform health checks on each family member. Those checks can include cholesterol, blood pressure and cervical screenings. Some of the family have also signed up to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.
“Having Dee come is another motivator for us. We all have different goals and for some of us, health is one of the biggest,” Teri says.
This weekend four teams of four or five from the Pikia whanau competed in the Try-Whanau Triathlon held in Bluff. Some of the team members placed in events such as the long course (which consisted of a 300m swim, 20km bike ride and 10km walk/run).
They also won the Iwi award for having the most people from one iwi participating from Tainui!
“We’re all very proud of our efforts over the weekend having achieved so much and really pushing ourselves.”
“So far just two weeks in we have lost over 100kg (combined).”
* We’re excited to keep you updated about their progress!
Photos supplied by Teri Pikia.