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The Biggest Winner: Crozer-Keystone’s Employees Lose to Gain

In Brief

  • For the second straight year, Wellness Works sponsored the “Biggest Winner” weight-loss challenge to help members lose unwanted extra pounds and focus on improving their overall health by using a supportive, group mentality to tackle the often difficult personal struggles of weight loss.
  • Over 370 Crozer-Keystone employees came together on 68 teams to participate in the year’s eight-week competition, achieving an astounding overall loss of 2,500 pounds.
  • Winning contestants had the chance to enjoy prizes such as American Express gift cards as well as certificates for lessons and services at the Healthplex® Sports Club.

For the second straight year, Wellness Works sponsored the “Biggest Winner” weight- loss challenge to help members lose unwanted extra pounds and focus on improving their overall health by using a supportive, group mentality to tackle the often difficult personal struggles of weight loss. Teams comprised of up to 10 co-workers or spouses again worked as a unit to reach goals, including the biggest decrease in the percentage of the group’s collective body weight. 

Wellness Works provided the information and strategy needed for participants to develop an eight-week weight-loss and fitness plan that effectively incorporated a healthy, low-calorie diet, increased activity time and heightened activity intensity that worked best for each participant’s own unique needs. Additionally, Wellness Works gave participants ample incentives to push their limits as athletes, co-workers, and friends. Prizes were awarded to all members of the top two teams, as well as the overall top 10 participants who lost the most weight individually but were not on a winning team. 

Over 370 Crozer-Keystone employees and spouses came together on 68 teams to participate in the year’s eight-week competition, achieving an astounding overall loss of 2,500 pounds. Winning contestants received prizes such as American Express gift cheques as well as gift cards that can be used for lessons and services at the Healthplex Sports Club. 

Each team was led by a team captain, giving employees who might usually take a back seat the opportunity to gain valuable experience as a group leader. Teams were encouraged to find a common source of inspiration and motivation to help them to achieve their weight-loss goals. Throughout “Biggest Winner,” members received a weekly educational e-mail, were able to view a wide range of online educational seminars about healthy living, and were eligible to enroll in a complimentary eight-week trial membership to the Healthplex Sports Club.

This year’s first place team, “Franklin Fillies #2,” was comprised of employees from the CKHS Patient Services Center and led by team captain Dawn O’Neill. The team had a total weight loss of 12.7 percent of the team’s overall body weight. 

O’Neill says, “The Biggest Winner competition was a great opportunity for everyone to work as a team toward a healthier lifestyle. I think the e-mail tips from the Wellness Works program were a good source of information. Also, getting weighed every two weeks really helped motivate us to aim for our goal weights. We worked together as a unit to incorporate healthy foods and exercise into our everyday lives so that we could sustain a better lifestyle for a long time.” 

Annette Holloway, captain of the competition’s second-place team, “Belly Busters,” explained that the key to her team’s success was a consistently positive attitude, hugely supportive atmosphere and collaborative work environment. 

“Our main goal was for every individual employee to reach his or her goal. Everyone on our team lost at least five pounds, showing how much pride we took in our overall goal of improving our general health,” Holloway says. “Also, we shared recipes and traded ideas on how to get moving and have fun doing it. I attend Zumba classes and invited some of my co-workers to come along so that we could try new lifestyle changes together. What is most helpful about this program is the network of friends we had to encourage and keep us motivated at work. I am so grateful to my friends at work for nominating me as captain and making the job so easy – I could not have done it without them.” 

“Biggest Winner” was the first stop on Wellness Works’ 2012 “Road to Wellness” initiative. In addition to providing the 2012 online Healthy Lifestyle Tracker, Wellness Works will offer a free, personal online health assessment questionnaire as well as easily accessible biometric screenings for eligible CKHS employees later this fall.

Complete confidentiality is an important aspect of both the online questionnaire and the screenings. A biometric screening is an efficient, private health evaluation that is comprised of three parts: blood work, blood pressure, and body mass index. Members are encouraged to share the results from these screening measures with their physicians so as to foster a better understanding of any health risks or new activities in which they should engage in order to improve or maintain their overall health. Eligible participants in these two activities will receive rewards in addition to the annual reward that they earn by completing an online Healthy Lifestyle Tracker.

Additional information about these two new programs will be mailed to employees’ homes later this month. 

These programs reflect the goals of Wellness Works, which directly benefits Crozer-Keystone employees, a program designed to provide others with the tools they need to better their current physical and mental condition as well as prevent health complications in the future. For more information about Wellness Works, contact Susan Winkles at (610) 595-6387 or 19-6387. 

 

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