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Congratulations Winners of The Firemens' Challenge


Sponsored by The Atlantic Club

2010 Winner:  The Unexcelled Fire Company of Neptune



Over 100 firemen from 27 Monmouth and OceanCounty firehouses competed in The Atlantic Club’s 2nd annual Firemen Weight Loss Challenge to benefit. the Food Bank of Monmouth and OceanCounties   This eight week Weight Loss Challenge is sponsored by The Atlantic Club of Manasquan and Red Bank as part of the Take it Off Weight Loss Program. 


The Atlantic Club donated $2,300 to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties for every pound the approximately 100 firefighters lost and awarded a $1,000 check to the winning team, The Unexcelled Fire Company, of Neptune.  The Unexcelled Team shed a total of 243 pounds.   Bob McDonald’s, Unexcelled Chief, had the highest overall weight loss of 60 pounds in 8 weeks.  “It feels great anytime you can help yourself and help the Food Bank at the same time, it’s a win-win situation” commented McDonald”.


During the 8 week challenge, the Firefighters weekly were given one-on-one coaching, simple recipes using grocery store foods, and Take It Off educational handouts to help them achieve their weight loss goals.  In addition, the Firefighters worked out at The Atlantic Club for the 8 weeks of the challenge. 


Many of the firefighters experienced health improvements during the 8 week challenge.  Butch Neis from Northside Engine Company lost close to 60 pounds.  Neis comments “I went the cardiologist a week ago, my blood pressure dropped, he took me off my blood pressure and cholesterol medications and cut my heart medicine dosage in half.  I thank The Atlantic Club for making this happen!”


We’re seen two years of firefighters take the challenge and have such a positive experience,” said Atlantic Club owner and CEO Pat Laus.  “ The firemen were almost unrecognizable after the eight week challenge. A donation of a dollar per pound lost goes a long way for the Food Bank.  Its very rewarding to be a part of something so beneficial  to The Food Bank and for those who serve our community ”


The Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, distributes 6 million pounds of emergency food annually to 270 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency feeding programs, which feed the needy throughout all of Monmouth and OceanCounties.  To learn more about the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties go to or call 732-918-2600.  For more details on how to get involved in the Firemen’s Weight Loss Challenge, please contact Jessica Samper at The Atlantic Club at 732-292-4384. 


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