West Jefferson Medical Center was one of the 64 hospitals that participated in the Geaux Lite Louisiana Statewide Hospital Weight Loss Challenge held Oct. 1 to April 1. The challenge was sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation. Together, team members from the hospitals lost 84.4 tons, or 168,800 pounds.

Kellen Ryno was the member of the hospital team from West Jefferson Medical Center who lost the most weight, based on percentage of body weight lost, and won $500.

The individual state winners were Michael Courtney, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 116.6 pounds; Michaela Stevens, Opelousas General health System, 72.3 pounds; Gerald Lebouef, Terrebonne General Medical Center, 34.62 percent of body weight; and Samantha Bynum, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, 29.11 percent of body weight.