During the fall 2013 semester, SPC Wellness piloted a weight-loss competition for employees at the Clearwater Campus called The Ultimate Loser. This 12-week challenge offered a schedule of educational seminars and exercise programs for nearly 40 participants.
Tom LaPierre, Security Officer, made a decision to lose weight. He made sure to attend each class and apply the strategies to his lifestyle.
“The Ultimate Loser is what kick started my weight loss” said Tom. “I learned a lot of helpful new information from that program.”
Tom combined his participation in the program with scheduling an appointment with the registered dietician during an on-campus opportunity.
“I really took a lot away from that meeting. I was eating some of the right foods, but my portion sizes were way off.” Tom now cooks healthy dinners for himself and his wife Mary LaPierre, Student Services Specialist, at SPC.
Inspired by her husband, Mary is now currently participating in the Ultimate Loser program at the EpiCenter.
Every semester Tom participates in the Wellness Challenge that is offered at SPC.
“I really enjoy setting wellness goals for myself and being able to achieve them.” He now makes workouts a priority and packs his gym bag every night before bed so he has it ready for the morning.
Tom really wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. He decided he was going to commit to it by changing bad, unhealthy habits into healthy ones. He now appreciates the benefits of just doing a little yard work.
“I cut out late night snacking and make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day.”
Since last fall, Tom has gone from 286 pounds to 246 pounds and his cholesterol has dropped significantly.
“My doctor was amazed by my progress when I went back to see her.”
Tom says the best benefit of losing weight is “not having to go to the big man’s section anymore.” He has more energy throughout the day and is able to participate in the physical activities that he finds enjoyable.
“Employees should really consider participating in the SPC Wellness programs that are offered for free. We have some really helpful resources available that could change a person’s life.”