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Stephens College Exceeds Weight-Loss Goal

01/03/2011 08:40 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Staff at Stephens College in Missouri rang in the new year ahead of schedule: together, 107 of the college's employees lost more than 300 pounds.

The slim-down not only puts the employees in smaller pants, but makes the college eligible for a $1 million donation, pledged by an anonymous woman in August on the condition of mass collective staff weight loss.

Stephens President Dianne Lynch told the Columbia Daily Tribune that the effort created a stronger sense of community at the school.

"The revelation about this program is it's had such an impact on our community. We learned an important lesson that health and wellness has a positive impact in every way," she said.

The donor promised an additional $100,000 if Lynch herself lost 25 pounds. Lynch said she has 10 pounds to go.

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