Sheriff Robb's Incentive Program

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

May 15, 2006

Dropping sizes and shedding pounds. Albemarle County sheriffs are shaping up. A mandatory weight loss program has the entire department feeling a little lighter on their toes.

“I love my deputies and they know I do. They are my family and I got to looking around and worrying about some of them,” said Albemarle County Sheriff Ed Robb.

That worry turned into a weight loss program his deputy's call “Sheriff Robb’s incentive program.” In just months, 21 employees are 120 pounds lighter.

“I’ve personally lost 36,” said Deputy Bobby Shiflett. “I'm down almost 20 pounds,” stated Master Deputy Roger Craig.

“I'm on the program and I have to follow the same rules as they do,” said Robb.

The rules are simple. You weigh-in every month and you can't weigh more that you did last month or face the consequences.

One deputy tipped the scales by a half of a pound and he was forced to park his car at the county office building and walk to work until he dropped it. The walk is about a mile round-trip.

“And I’ve got some other things in mind,” said Robb. 'What are the other things?' The reporter asked. “I wouldn't want to share those, Lisa,” laughed Robb.

His deputies may not be willing to find out either. All have their own system for shaping up from Weight Watchers to working out.

“I have cut out all junk food, eating late,” said Shiflett.

“Drink a lot of water and don't eat after 6,” said Craig.

The sheriff, who has had heart disease himself, gives everyone three hours a week, on the clock, to work out and he stocks the office with fresh fruit.

“This isn't something that's just a fad for this year, 'well Ed Robb is on a kick this year to do weight loss.' This is a lifestyle,” said Robb

Not only are his deputies in better condition to catch the bad guys but they are in better condition to live a longer healthier life.

Since Sheriff Robb has implemented the program attendance is up. He says healthier deputies miss less work and he's encouraging other agencies across the commonwealth to start their own programs.

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