Emory's biggest losers

What transpired from January through March in Emory’s internal medicine department at the 1525 Building may not have been up to reality TV standards, but it was a successful attempt to get healthy and shed some weight. The group diet that the 42 doctors, nurses, and staff members undertook resulted in a total weight loss of 352 pounds, and they are still counting.

Spearheaded by Rachel Scott, the effort required participants to eliminate two foods from their daily diets that might be harmful to health. Fried foods, chocolate, “bad” carbs, and sodas were among those that many gave up to promote healthy eating. In addition to improving the health of the staff, the promotion had a positive impact on patients, who learned by example, Scott says.

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