PARKERSBURG, W. VA. - Forget about the television show “The Biggest Loser” --- those contestants wouldn’t stand a chance against the dedicated efforts of more than 300 Simonton employees who collectively lost 1,470 pounds during the six-week Simonton Summer Challenge.
The challenge included 151 teams of two employees per team from Simonton facilities in West Virginia, Illinois, Oklahoma and California. The winning team, “Tons of Fun,” lost a combined 49 pounds by cutting out cheeseburgers, embracing exercising and eating healthy foods.
“I’m terrible about late night snacking, so this challenge really pushed me to change my eating habits,” says Jon Cunningham, a buyer in the purchasing department for Simonton Windows®. “Every day my teammate Marshall Nicholas and I would walk two miles at lunchtime and I’d eat chicken and salad. Then at night I’d exercise and walk again.
“I love cheeseburgers and used to eat them every day for lunch. Now that I’ve dropped about 25 pounds, I’ve said farewell to burgers and embraced the good eating habits I learned during the challenge.”
Cunningham, who at 37 weighs 188 pounds, is dedicated to keeping his weight below 190. Other winning Simonton teams, such as “Thin 2 Win” and “Fat Blasters” also benefited from the focus on healthy living habits during the contest.
“We launched this six-week challenge to educate our employees nationwide about weight, body fat and body mass indexes,” says Loren Mundstock, Wellness Coach for Simonton Windows based in Parkersburg. “This effort has helped prepare everyone for the Bravo Wellness Screening coming up for employees in the near future. The winning combination for every participant was education, information and better life choices.”
Which Simonton facility is the lightest these days? That’s Paris, Ill., which had a total loss of 308 pounds during the challenge. “The enthusiastic participation and involvement by employees across the country has prompted us to think about doing another competition in early 2011,” says Mundstock. “In the meantime, everyone can set personal goals and ‘buddy up’ with a partner to lose weight, eat healthier and embrace improved living habits.”
All nine Simonton facilities across the United States works directly with professional coaches from Wellness Coaches USA. Coaches help individual employees to address their various lifestyle issues, including nutrition, exercise, diet and weight loss, medication noncompliance, tobacco cessation and chronic health conditions. The