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Introducing our 10 Finalists

Posted on 01/7/2013

Today we are kicking off our Peoria Tri-Counties weight loss contest called Seattle Sutton's 2013 Slim Down.  For 15 weeks, 10 chosen contestants will compete for prizes and improve their health by making a positive lifestyle change.

Seattle Sutton's 2013 Slim Down Contest is the first of its kind for the Peoria Tri-Counties area. SSHE had its first successful weight loss contest for the Chicago area in 2010, when 10 contestants lost a total of 372 pounds in 14 weeks. In 2012, 9 LaSalle County residents lost a total of 510 pounds in 15 weeks. And, in the summer of 2012, 10 DuPage County contestants lost 355 pounds in 15 weeks.

I'm thrilled to help these 10 people take on this weight loss challenge. Not only do they receive our freshly prepared meals at no cost, but they also compete for some great prizes too.  I know making changes is difficult, I've seen it first-hand over the course of 27 plus years helping people eat healthy. But, it can be done and we can help.  Healthy eating is essential in overall good health and good health is the most important asset one has in life, without it, nothing else matters. I want each and every one of our 10 contestants to achieve their goals to lose weight in the New Year and live a healthier life.

The contest is a 15-week weight loss challenge beginning today, January 7, 2013, and concluding April 22, 2013 and will provide the chosen contestants with our 1,200-calorie SSHE meal plan. Meals included in the contest are every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the contestants (21 meals per week), a total of 315 meals in all, for the entire contest. Contestants are to add 2 glasses of fat-free (skim) milk each day and a minimum of eight glasses of water per day.

The contestant who loses the most weight based on percentage of body weight will be heading to Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Mexico with a guest. Second place prize will win $1,000 cash from Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating. Third place prize will win a year membership to Landmark Racquet and Health Club.

Contestants will also have blood work completed, once at the beginning of the contest and once at the end, to measure fasting blood sugar, as well as their blood pressure taken. This is a free service provided by Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating, as part of the contest. Contestants will be weighed each week at their Peoria Tri-Counties distributor location when they pick up their SSHE meals.

The 10 Seattle Sutton's 2013 Slim Down contestants competing for improved health and great prizes are:

Scott Deatherage, 51 of Washington, Ill.
Maria Diaz, 58 of Peoria, Ill.
Rhonda Elmore, 43 of Peoria, Ill.
Roberta English, 41 of Peoria, Ill.
Renee Farris, 49 of Peoria, Ill.
Steve Fitzanko, 45 of Pekin, Ill.
Erik Heuck, 33 of Pekin, Ill.
Cindi Hilst, 55 of East Peoria, Ill.
Debbie Seyller, 48 of Peoria, Ill.
Shirley Smith, 51 of Peoria, Ill.

The 10 contestants were chosen from entries accepted between October 8, 2012 and October 22, 2012 from web and mail entries. 

To learn more about the contest please visit seattlesutton.com and read the official rules. You can also follow along on our site and check back here for weekly updates on their progress as they make this positive lifestyle change to improve their health.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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