In early 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield employees decided to make a weight loss resolution. They were actually very successful and lost more than 11,000 pounds. This loss in weight was a whopping 1,000 more pounds than their original goal.
The company began their ’5 Ton Challenge’ and kept employees on track with monthly weigh-ins, nutrition classes and even credit on their health care premiums.
To help with the motivation , BCBS also chose 25 ‘weight warriors’ and invited them to post their stories online. Stacey Royal, one of those warriors, lost 23 pounds and said she feels fantastic.
“I gained more energy because I was more active and able to keep up with my kids. For me, it didn’t mean I had to spend hours in the gym, we would go walking, we would go run. I actually completed my first 5k this year,” said Royal.
In addition, the company launched another wellness initiative called ‘Maintain Don’t Gain,’ to help employees keep the weight off as they went through the holidays.
Another ’5 Ton Challenge’ begins again in 2013.