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The Results of NCC’s Biggest Winner Office Competition

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

What happens when a group of people eat healthy, exercise and receive inspirational tips to stay motivated? It results in 3 people losing over 30 lbs and one individual receiving $500 for losing the most weight. The National Conference Center’s Biggest Winner Competition  had 51 people join the program, 27 people who regularly weighed-in every 2 weeks and of those 27 people – a total of 207 lbs lost.

Adam denotes his success to regular exercise from riding bikes to running 45 minutes to an hour each day. According to Lindsay Boyd, who organized the Biggest Winner, Adam ate a lot of apples over the course of 3 months. Adam also said he stopped drinking sodas and putting sugar in his coffee during the competition. Congratulations to everyone who participated! Lindsay leaves us with a few words of wisdom, “Everyone is a winner just by participating and living an active, healthier lifestyle.”

Pictured above: Lindsay Boyd of HR who coordinated the contest; Ildiko Agosto, Regional HR Manager;
Adam Hughes, Banquet & Bar Manager who lost 37 lbs;
C.V. Titus, Director of Finance; and Joseph Lane Director of Food and Beverage.

The Biggest Loser makes its way to offices

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Photo Credit: Livestrong.com

You may be familiar with NBC’s Biggest Loser Competition, which is a reality TV-series based on a group of contestants who are competing to lose the most weight for health reasons and a cash prize. Employees looking for healthier lifestyles, a more adequate lunch menu that fosters healthy eating and a balance between work and fitness are beginning Biggest Loser competitions in their own offices. At The National Conference Center, our human resources team partnered with the food and beverage department to establish “The Biggest NCC Winner Competition,” which is a 3-month program to a healthier YOU.

  • Gradual changes – Last Friday, the buffet in staff dining was transformed into a healthy eater’s paradise. The buffet bar was filled with mixed greens and healthy salad toppings, fruits, whole wheat pasta, fish options and for dessert – fruit or fat-free vanilla pudding. While Friday’s menu kicked off the “Biggest Winner” competition in a complete 180 transformation, the Food and Beverage department is committed to serving more healthy options in the employee dining room every day.
  • The weigh-in – Yesterday, participating employees privately weighed in and chose a photo from a choice of fruits or vegetables. Cleverly designed by the HR department, employees will anonymously track their progress with their chosen fruit or veggie photo. Every two weeks, participating staff members will weigh-in until the end of the competition on October 20th.
  • Team-effort - although you can participate as a team or individually, a new and exciting board in NCC’s employee dining room is targeted to sharing education, healthy recipes and activities with others. Our ARAMARK/NCC team is encouraged to support each other in eating better, getting more exercise and taking the initiative to starting a healthier lifestyle.
  • The grand prize – Like NBC’s “Biggest Loser Competition,” NCC’s “Biggest Winner” will not only have lost the most weight but they’ll be on their way to a healthier lifestyle and receive a grand prize of $500! Money seems to not be the only motivating factor. Our human resources department has received an overwhelming amount of feedback about wanting healthier options in the dining room which means they’re ready to make better choices!

NCC’s new and exciting healthier YOU board in the employee dining room

So far, 35% of The National Conference Center’s 250 employees have signed up to participate in the challenge. Our human resources department is excited by percentage of participants and to see how eager our ARAMARK team is about changing their lifestyle for the better. Is your office participating in a Biggest Loser/Winner challenge? What are you motivating factors? Meeting planners, how do you think the shift in healthier eating and lifestyle habits, will affect employees who are on business travel?