27

March
2015

The Biggest Loser of 2015 Is...

Written by OSG

We recently completed our Biggest Loser 2015 competition, and the results are in!


For 8 weeks, 91 employees participated in a weight loss challenge involving diet and exercise to see who could lose the most weight. Measured by percentage rather than pounds, the average weight loss was 2.56%. Going well above the average were our top three winners:

 

           First Place: Kevin Dyer—lost 16.11% of weight

           Prize: 50% of the pot and a $75 gift card

 

Second Place: Adrian Garcia—lost 9.27% of weight

Prize: 30% of the pot and a $50 gift card

 

Third Place: Adam Samano—lost 8.57% of weight

Prize: 20% of the pot and a $25 gift card


KEVIN DYER: BEFORE & AFTER

To achieve this win, Kevin Dyer went on a very strict diet, only eating fruit in the morning, a V8 and carrots for lunch, and usually a salad for dinner. Both Kevin and Adrian Garcia gave up beer during the competition, which cut down on extra carbs. Besides giving up beer, Kevin says the hardest part of the competition was not eating hot wings. Overall, the competition left him feeling “really good, and I have much more energy from eating healthier.”


Our second and third place winners also feel better since the competition. Adrian Garcia and Adam Samano, both started going to the gym four to five times a week, on top of a healthier diet. Adrian would wake up at 4:30 every morning so he could get to the gym by 5am. Taking third place in the Exercise Challenge, Adam chose to exercise in the afternoon, and would play on two indoor soccer teams. Both winners felt they gained more energy throughout the day during the challenge.


Along with Adam, the top two winners of the Exercise Challenge were Devon Tatano in First Place and Lee Meyrick in Second Place. Winners received gift cards according to their rank in the challenge.


Overall, this year’s Biggest Loser competition was a great success. We appreciate the hard work of everyone that participated and look forward to our next fitness challenge.



20

January
2015

Who's the Biggest Loser of 2015

Written by OSG



Around the office, people are running to the gym and stocking up on their fruits and veggies—OSG’s Biggest Loser competition has begun! For the 6th year in a row, we’re counting calories and getting active to see who can win our fitness contest. 


The Biggest Loser is a part of our year-around wellness program, which has given us recognition since 2010 by the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Employer in the Gold Category. We’re looking to continue this trend with 92 employees involved in this year’s competition—our best participation yet!


To track everyone’s weight loss, participants are weighed-in at the beginning and end of the contest with three optional weigh-ins in between. We’ve also implemented the use of the Lose It app, which tracks food intake and exercise sessions to help employees set goals throughout the contest.


By measuring weight loss percentage rather than pounds, employees who already live healthy lifestyles can participate as well. Plus, smaller challenges throughout the program allow more people to win while providing additional motivation.

As for the biggest winners of the Biggest Loser competition, a cash prize is awarded through a $5 buy-in, plus additional prizes:


- 1st Prize—50% of the pot and a $75 gift card
- 2nd Prize—30% of the pot and a $50 gift card
- 3rd Prize—20% of the pot and a $25 gift card


Kelly Turk, Compensation and Benefits Specialist for OSG, oversees the competition and recognizes the benefits of pushing wellness at OSG. “We’re already ahead of the game as far as wellness. Other companies are only now starting to incorporate fitness into their companies—we’ve been doing this for 6 years! By tying wellness into cost benefits, we incentivize people by offering discounts on their health insurance as well as other prizes. We want to encourage people to be healthy and go to the doctor to stay well long past the competition.”


We wish everyone competing the best of luck and can’t wait to see who this year’s Biggest Loser will be! 


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