After shedding more than 100 pounds last year, Bill Corder now works to inspire his 11-year-old daughter to live healthy.
The Evans father lost 111 pounds since joining an area Weight Watchers in January 2011, which led Corder’s daughter, Calla, to nominate him as The Columbia County News-Times’ Father of the Year.
“I just wanted to be healthier for my family,” Corder said. “I wanted to be around to see my kids graduate and get married.”
Father’s Day plans for the Corder household include attending a Weight Watchers meeting, where Corder will be recognized as a lifetime member for maintaining his weight loss.
Corder, an engineer with Bluewater Engineering Services, said he’s also waiting until Father’s Day to read his daughter’s nomination entry.
In her essay, Calla writes that her father taught her to run and has accompanied her in races.
“His example has helped me to find a passion for running and living healthy,” said the sixth-grader at Riverside Middle School.
Corder said he felt it important to pass along his acquired healthy habits to his children.
“He’s always finding new fruits and vegetables for us to eat that you’ve never heard of,” said Corder’s wife, Beverly.
Corder also likes spending time with his children in the outdoors. He plans the family’s camping trips and their ventures with geocaching, a treasure hunting game that uses a GPS to find hidden containers.
“We fish together,” Calla added.
Corder also is a Cub Scout den leader for the pack his 8-year-old son, Caleb, belongs to.
“He takes a lot of time to be with them (his children),” Beverly Corder said. “He’s very silly and very loving.”
Corder said he wants his children not to do what he says, but to follow his lead.
“One of the biggest things I can do for them is to be an example,” he said.