Thousands of people across the United States spent a number of weeks demonstrating their commitment to health by participating in a work healthier challenge powered by HealthyWage.
However, there was a team of five in Northeast Texas who won BIG.
The challenge started May 1, 2019 and ran through July 31, 2019. The team with the greatest percentage of weight loss would win $10,000 and guess what? A CHRISTUS Health team took home top honors.
Latonya Sloan (a CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Associate) along with her sister, a cousin and two aunts formed a team, called Burnin’ Bridges, and won the Work Healthier $10,000 Team Challenge.
That’s right! That team of five took this serious incentive and ran with it. Well, they didn’t just run. They walked. Some ditched their cars and decided to walk to work and walk home. They did enough cardio, diet and other strength training exercises to take home top honors and achieved a 16.59 percent weight loss. This was no easy feat considering they were up against employees of Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, health systems, insurers, school systems, and municipal governments throughout the United States.
They lost 181 pounds and said they did it because they kept each other accountable with a Saturday group weigh in, constant communication and swapping helpful tips and motivation. They learned they loved eating colorful vegetables. They found all sorts of good recipes including the discovery of cauliflower rice and decided during the 12-week competition to avoid the temptation of eating out.
“We all committed on day one,” said Sloan. “We counted our steps with a Fitbit tracker. Our activities and meals were calculated by using MyFitnessPal App. Burnin’ Bridges team went in with a strong game plan and stuck to it. Keeping our Aunties on track was another challenge. But we encouraged and motivated each other daily. As a team, we kept a journal of our weekly progress. We’re a very close family and had each other for support, which helped us succeed. It wasn’t easy, but we crushed it and WON!”
The CHRISTUS Health’s Workplace Wellness Team brought this program to most of the CHRISTUS ministries, and the financial incentive-based approach piqued the interest of participants. But, while the cash prize might have fueled participation the average person lost 5 percent of their body weight.
“We want our Associates to focus on their health, so they can be the best version of themselves. By living a healthier lifestyle, Associates can be truly present in all roles they serve from a professional and personal standpoint,” explained Holly Tucker, CHRISTUS Health’s Manager of Corporate Wellness. “CHRISTUS offers a variety of well-being programs and resources aimed at helping Associates achieve their goals and make changes that can lead to lasting results.”
According to health experts, losing 5 percent of your body weight can reduce Metabolic Syndrome health risks by more than 50%, and research from the American Diabetes Association shows that losing 7% of your body weight can reduce the risk of developing Type II Diabetes by 58%. By participating in the Work Healthier Challenge, this group is now on the right track to making major health improvements.