MERIDIAN — From Staff Reports
Peavey Electronics celebrated their final day of their eight-week Wellness Challenge, “Peavey’s Biggest Loser,” at noon on Friday at their headquarters on Hartley Peavey Drive. More than 50 individuals arrived, anxious to hear who had won the prize and to celebrate their life commitment to health and wellness.
Mary Peavey, president of Peavey Electronics, opened up the event with a reflection on why health is important in a person’s life, how to ensure it isn't taken for granted, and how much Peavey employees appreciate their commitment to living well.
Karin Roberts, corporate wellness director, then continued on with a recap of the eight-week journey, beginning with a five minute congratulatory, high-five session, emphasizing the courage shown in taking that first step. Each week was capped with a stellar “loser” based on weight loss, motivation, inspiration or commitment level.
Taking a few minutes while the crowd was anxiously waiting for the big winners, Karin hit home a few basic health points she said everyone should be mindful of in their personal journey towards a healthy, happy life.
Then, it was on to the winners of the challenge. First place winners received $500, and a month to their fitness club of choice. All participants will receive a Peavey’s Biggest Winner Challenge T-shirt.
The winners and by body weight lost are:
1. Elton Collier – 28 pounds
2. Wanda Roberts – 25 pounds
Winners by percent of body weight lost are:
1. Brenda Alawine – 13.58 percent
2. Freddie Eaves – 9.17 percent
Team Winners are Theresa Randles, Brandi West and Lori Niskala. The Wellness Bingo Winner is Joan Walker.
Peavey, who was responsible for implementing the workforce health initiative at Peavey Electronics said that the Biggest Loser contest was one of the "best experiences we've had as a workforce. The enthusiasm that Karin has shown is contagious among the people and a really, really rewarding experience."
When asked about the savings involved in a fit workforce, Mary Peavey said, "The savings benefit everybody but it's not about that - it's for the people and how they feel about themselves."
When asked how it feels to be the biggest winner in the biggest loser contest, Collier said "Man, it just feels good. It took a lot of hard work but it was a matter of cutting out the sodas and the fried foods. The people at work kept on encouraging me to walk and when I got off work at night my wife she helped me eat healthy. It just felt good."
When asked if he was going to keep on working on getting even healthier, he smiled big and said "Yes sir!"
Roberts said, "It's no surprise where Mississippi falls on the national scale for obesity and health risk, so it's a honor to be a part of a progressive organization that has the mindset to take care of that. They worked as a team and I don't think anybody had a negative experience. I don't think it can get any better than that."