SYRACUSE -- The Titans have a new fan, at least for one upcoming game.
On Friday morning, Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle and Layton Mayor Steve Curtis had the final weigh-in for their weight-loss challenge.
After all the results were analyzed, Nagle emerged as the winner, so Curtis has to wear an opposing team's color as he cheers against a Layton football team.
"I will be happy to sit next to Mayor Curtis and cheer alongside him for my team," said Nagle, who could not stop smiling.
On Sept. 23, when Syracuse plays at Layton, the mayors will sit in the Syracuse bleachers and root for the Titans.
"I'll get him a nice Syracuse jersey to wear," Nagle said.
Since their first weigh-in on June 10, both mayors lost 27 pounds and 5.2 percent body fat. Because Nagle weighs less than Curtis, the 27 pounds lost had a bigger impact on her Body Mass Index, which proved to be the difference in the competition. Nagle's BMI went down by 4.5 percent, while Curtis' BMI was 4.2 percent lower.
"I worked hard, and I seek forgiveness from those who were cheering me on," Curtis said. "I'm just glad I wasn't whooped."
"A win is a win," Nagle quickly replied.
Both mayors had community support as they tried to outdo each other.
Curtis said when he and his wife, RaeLynn, went to dinner at Chili's, before he could order, the waitress began pointing out items on the menu that he should eat.
Nagle said that when she attended a recent Indigo Girls concert in Layton, she was buying snacks at the concession stand and people behind her in line began telling her what food was the most fattening.
The pair talked a lot of trash to each other during the last three months and even brought doughnuts, Mountain Dew and other treats for each other during their weekly weigh-ins. Those treats ended up as gifts to family members.
While happy with their progress, the most important part of the three-month challenge was to encourage others to live healthier.
"It shows a healthy lifestyle change is beneficial," said Curtis, who is now off the medication he was taking for high blood pressure, thanks to his weight loss.
At each weigh-in at the Intermountain Health Care clinic in Syracuse, both mayors wore red T-shirts from Intermountain Health Care's Teen LiVe program, which stresses fitness and health for teenagers. LiVe has eight healthy eating habits, one of which is to not criticize yourself or others about weight.
Nagle said that particular step sticks out as she sees young women, including her 14-year-old daughter, worrying about everything they eat.
"I want her to not let that be the focus on her life," Nagle said. "If I get one thing out of this, that's what I want."
While Syracuse has already implemented a weight-loss challenge for its city employees, Curtis hopes to do so in Layton. The mayors also plan to visit elementary schools in their cities to encourage the students to live healthy.