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Rivershores Weight Loss Contest

Posted on 08/7/2012

Sometimes I get so excited, I've been told I practically "float on air"! I just love helping people and doing good work. It makes me feel so good. Recently I had one of those so-called "floating on air" occasions and I just had to share with you.

The reason for my excitement is that a local company decided to make their employees' health a priority. The company is Rivershores Care Center and what they did was a little different than your typical employee wellness fair. They offered their employees a chance to lose weight through a company-sponsored weight loss contest. They even went a step further and offered our freshly prepared, delicious and convenient meals to the employees they chose. Not only did the employees lose weight, gain health, but they also had an opportunity to win prizes.

For 15 weeks, the three selected employees ate our meals and were weighed in each week. We loved the idea so much of a company-sponsored weight loss contest that we offered to provide the first and second place prize-winners with cash prizes. Yes, first place prize-winner won $100 cash and the second place prize-winner won $50 cash prize courtesy of Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE)! Each contestant also received a signed copy of my book, The Seattle Sutton Solution and a SSHE watch.

In my hometown, Marseilles, Illinois, a small healthcare company took a huge step towards helping improve their employees' health. I congratulate them for being so proactive and so helpful to their employees. I wish more companies took such a vested interest in their employees like Rivershores does. If they did, our country would be much healthier I can tell you that!

As our country continues in the midst of the obesity epidemic, I am certain more and more companies will look at ways to help improve their employees' health. If they do not, I feel that would be a huge mistake. People need to be healthy enough to work and to be productive. So, it is a logical assumption to make that more companies will look at ways to help their employees and also improve their bottom lines through improved productivity, output and reduce insurance premiums and sick days. All of which have been proven to be helpful by having a healthier workforce.

When I had the privilege of meeting the three Rivershores employees who competed for improved health and weight loss, I was overjoyed by their results and desire to make a lifestyle change. If given an opportunity, most people would choose to behave differently. Eating habits are a perfect example of that. I think it is almost human nature…give them a chance to show that they can succeed and with positive reinforcement, they can succeed.

I want to once again congratulate Rivershores Care Center and the employees who participated in their company-sponsored weight loss contest: 

First-place winner Courtney Nixon lost a total of 23.37 percent of body weight and 45 pounds. She received $100 cash prize from SSHE.

Second-place finisher Tina Larsen lost 18.06 percent of body weight and 46 pounds. She received $50 cash prize from SSHE.

Tabitha Reichenbach came in third, having lost a total of 12.87 percent of body weight and 44 pounds.

I also want to congratulate Jerry Mertes, the administrator who thought of this idea to have an employee weight loss contest. Way to go, Jerry! Marvelous idea...anytime you want to run it again, you know how to reach me. I'd be happy to help support it.

Any others out there thinking of doing the same thing as Rivershores? Give us a call, we'd love to help you!

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Now more good news. My weekly Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down Contest update for our DuPage County contestants. As of week #9, they have lost a total of 253 pounds! Way to go, keep it up, you're past the halfway mark. Your goal weights are getting closer and closer each and every day. You can do it!

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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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