COSTA MESA, Calif. Twenty members of law enforcement who participated in Lindora Medical Clinics’ inaugural Battle of the Badges stepped on the scales today in front of Tustin Rite Aid (home to one of nine Lindora Health Clinic locations in the area) and learned that they lost a total of 722.6 pounds.
Each had set a goal of losing 10 percent of their body weight during the 10-week program. While the Orange County Sheriffs exceeded their goal by losing a combined 12.19 percent, they were edged out by the Santa Ana Police Department who managed to lose 15.4 percent.
Underwritten by the nonprofit Lean For Life Foundation, Battle of the Badges pitted the two departments in the Lindora program. Emphasizing an “eat better, move more and stress less” philosophy, it combined diet, moderate exercise and motivational support and was designed to help participants lose 10 percent of their body weight in the first 10 weeks. Participants ranged in weight from 165 to 319 pounds. In addition to slimming down, they enjoyed a number of other health benefits including an average 12 percent reduction in blood sugar, 54 percent decrease in triglyceride levels, 22 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol and a 15 percent reduction in waist circumference.
In addition, all participants’ blood pressures dropped from pre-hypertension levels to within a normal range.