Let the fitness begin.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has picked the four members of his team that will compete in a state employee weight-loss contest.
Brownback issued the challenge last month to encourage Kansas residents to live healthier and shed extra pounds.
Joining Brownback's team are Commerce Secretary Pat George, Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, acting Labor Secretary Lana Gordon and Transportation Secretary Mike King.
The contest will run from Jan. 15 through May 15, coinciding with the annual session of the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is also fielding a team.
Brownback invited businesses and local governments to hold similar contests. Two counties have expressed interest in forming teams but will not be part of the official state competition.