Central Ky. lawmaker 'biggest loser' of fat

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky lawmaker can declare he is the "biggest loser" in recent legislative session.

Democratic Rep. Terry Mills of Lebanon lost 40 pounds in a weight-loss challenge among lawmakers that started when the General Assembly began meeting in January and lasted until the end of March.

Coming in a close second was Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon, also of Lebanon. Higdon lost 36 pounds in the contest that came about after Republican Rep. Tim Moore of Elizabethtown and Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville had a discussion about the state's increase rate of childhood obesity.

Moore told the Lexington Herald-Leader that they decided they "could encourage healthy lifestyles by being a little bit more health conscious in the General Assembly."

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