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Bardstown Police and Fire departments challenge each other to get healthy

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Since the beginning of the year, Fire fighters and police officers in Bardstown have been challenging each other to get healthy. They've lost more than 400 pounds altogether but they say they couldn't have done it without help.

Tucked between the fire trucks and gear at the Bardstown Fire Department, you'll find cardio equipment and weights.

"They really took off with it and they've done really well with it," said Todd Spalding, supervisor with Bardstown Fire Department.

"These are two professions you have to be in shape for," added Police Chief Rick McCubbin.

"We used the My Fitness Pal app and if someone didn't weigh in, they'd probably catch some slack so we were able to hold each other accountable that way," said Spalding.

"There's been a whole lot of different eating going on at the police department," joked McCubbin.

They also teamed up with a local doctor's office to really hold themselves accountable.

"We've worked with them on a weekly basis teaching them how to balance their carbs, proteins, fats and sugars, to be responsible and accountable and to gain knowledge," said Dr. Brian Sosnin.

"Watching them transform, knowing that they're going to be safer and happier and knowing that they've taken what they've learned and influenced other people. There's people we don't even know who they've impacted," said Lisa Sosnin, RN.

"Week by week, the pounds just kept coming off and off and off," said Dr. Sosnin.

Fire fighter Greg Ashworth lost more than 100 pounds.

Police Chief Rick McCubbin said his department also had success.

He threw in an extra incentive for the officers.

"I said whoever is the biggest loser this fall, I'll work a ten hour shift for you. We work ten hour shifts so I said I will work a ten hour shift for you and that day is coming for me next Tuesday," said McCubbin.

But the overall goal was about the health of those who protect.

"Fire fighter fatalities. The number one cause of that is heart attacks so we just want to try to eliminate that as much as possible," said Spalding.

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