Lt. Paul Fuzzard has taken up a fight in which he plans to lose. Pounds, that is. The Huntington Beach resident and watch commander at Theo Lacy jail for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department wants to lose 30 pounds.
The Battle of the Badges weight-loss competition between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Ana Police Department kicked off with an official weigh-in Wednesday at Lindora Health Clinic’s newest in-site location at the Tustin Rite-Aid.
There’s no real prize, just improved health at stake.
Lindora’s weight-loss program, monitored by medical professionals, consists of a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, vitamin supplements and daily weigh-ins.
Lindora Health Foundation President Cynthia Stamper Graff, a native Costa Mesan, said the idea to sponsor a contest for members of the law enforcement community came when statistical evidence she ran across stated police officers are 25% more likely to die from weight-related heart disease than on the job.