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Woman wins truckload of coal in government weigh loss challenge after losing 66 pounds

By Mason White 11:04 AM December 27, 2015
Yelena Salnikova 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A somewhat overweight governor in Russia, announced a contest to encourage people to lose weight.

Governor Aman Tuleyev of Siberia, announced that he will hand out a special reward for people who lose of weight, coal in the amount of 1.5 metric tons (3,300 pounds) of coal per 10 kilos (22 pounds) lost. However, most people thought it was a just a joke and they did not take the governor seriously.

One woman decided to go for the challenge. 43-year-old Yelena Salnikova, a nurse in Berezovskiy, decided to sign up, and she worked hard to lose weight.

One day, after losing 30 kilos (66 pounds),a truck pulled up to her house and officials unloaded a truckload of coal for the woman.

The nurse, who started the weight loss challenge at 247 pounds, said that she had to buy a new wardrobe for the winter season and was happy to save money on her heating bill.

Salnikova said that the coal will last her for a least half of the winter.

A spokesperson for the Kemerovo government said on Twitter that officials will turn the “slimming down for coal” program into a reality television show.