Company sponsors weight-loss challenge for employees

Clough Harbour Associates, an engineering company typically responsible for the plans leading up construction projects, hosted a weight loss challenge that wrapped up last month called Losing to Win.

Losing to Win was the brainchild of a committee that the company, which has locations in several other states in the country, developed to help its employees live healthy lifestyles. The Get Fit Committee decided to create a challenge based on the NBC show "The Biggest Loser," encouraging employees to lose weight in teams in a healthy way.

More than 100 employees participated in the challenge, forming 26 teams in 15 different offices. The teams were able to choose their own names, sometimes coming up with quirky ones like "Mission Slimpossible," and "Too Fat for a Beach Vacation," and decide, as a team, how they were going to lose the weight.

At the end of each week, each member was asked to weigh in on a scale that is located in a former-cubicle-turned-health-center the company calls its "Get Fit Spot." Their weight was recorded anonymously and at the end of the challenge, their total percentage of body fat lost would be used to determine the winner. The program lasted 12 weeks and ended the last week in July.

This year was the first year the Get Fit Committee ran the Losing to Win competition.

Carrie Myers, manager of operations for CHA at the company's Wolf Road location and a co-chair of the Get Fit Committee, said she sits right by the Get Fit Spot and often times on the days of the weigh-in, she would hear her co-workers groaning about the numbers they saw on the scale.

But despite the moans and groans, Myers said the Losing to Win program, and other programs sponsored by the Get Fit Committee, are great because they not only promote wellness, but teach employees things they do not already know about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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