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  • October 06 2011

    Kansas City has slimmed down!

    Weigh-outs for the KC Slimdown Challenge have been underway since Sunday, and it's clear that Kansas City is shedding pounds! The final stats will not be available until the Challenge ends on October 9th, but our unofficial total is close to 40,000 pounds. That's 20 tons, or the equivalent of a massive killer whale!

    Fifteen hundred participants have already completed their weigh-out at their employer or a Greater Kansas City YMCA, and we still have four days to go. Weigh-outs have been an exciting time to hear from participants firsthand about their slimdown successes and the healthy changes they have made.

    One participant says, “This competition has been life changing for us… It's amazing to see how all of our families are affected and we've all lost so much weight and have so much more energy. None of us have done anything like this before and we are so thankful we are now!” This team is currently in the top 10 out of 1,350 teams in the Community Challenge, and have collectively lost over 10% of their body weight - an impressive accomplishment for a 10 week competition!

    Over 100 volunteers will continue to conduct weigh-ins at area employers through Friday, and the 19 Kansas City area YMCA locations will be open through Sunday to weigh-out the rest of our participants. Winners will officially be announced on Monday morning.

    Best of luck to all of the KC Slimdown Challenge participants!

    Clay Patterson is the Managing Director for Cerner's Personal Health Agile Business Unit and is responsible for leading Cerner's businesses focused on engaging individuals in their health to result in improved health at a lower cost within communities across the globe. Patterson joined Cerner in 2001 as a business consultant and was instrumental in the large-scale acquisition and integration of BeyondNow, which became Cerner's Homecare suite of solutions. He also was the engagement leader for five solutions within an Ascension Health member health system. From 2007–2009, Patterson worked for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. At McKinsey & Company, he advised clients from diverse industries on critical business challenges. He rejoined Cerner in 2009. Patterson earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and management science from Southern Methodist University. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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