H-E-B helps Texans get healthy with seventh annual Slim Down Showdown contest

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The 28 Partner and community contestants will embark on a 12-week life-changing journey together. At the conclusion of the contest, one female and one male contestant from each group will walk away with a $10,000 grand prize. (Courtesy photo)

H-E-B has named 28 community members and Partners (employees) from across Texas to participate in the seventh annual 2016 Slim Down Showdown presented by Nestle, Johnson & Johnson and Perfect Fit Meals. The Showdown is a 12-week contest designed to provide contestants with the education and tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, and the chance to win cash prizes totaling $40,000.

The 28 Partner and community contestants will embark on a 12-week life-changing journey together. At the conclusion of the contest, one female and one male contestant from each group will walk away with a $10,000 grand prize. Now in its seventh year, the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown has 183 alumni who have lost more than 6,229 pounds during the contest alone.

Though only 28 are selected for the competition, anyone can follow along from home heb.com/slimdown, where they can access workouts and recipes, and read contestants’ blogs for inspiration.

H-E-B is also hosting “Resolution Solutions” throughout all stores Jan. 7 – 17 to provide smart solutions for helping customers keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions. Customers will find various health tips throughout the store and delicious recipes that are less than $5 per serving, under 400 calories and take less than 30 minutes to make.

“The Slim Down Showdown contest is a transformative experience for those selected, but our goal at H-E-B is to impact millions of Texans, not just those selected for the official contest. That’s why we choose contestants who are open to sharing their journey. We want their success to inspire others in their communities and across the state,” said Monica Garza, Health Promotion manager at H-E-B. “Our effort to reach millions is also why we hire dietitians to work directly with Partners and Customers in our stores and it’s why we focus on developing innovative, healthy products.”

The 14 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are:
• Adam Grow, Grapevine
• Alex Darke, San Antonio
• Ashley Johnson, San Antonio
• Cat Dickson, Texas City
• Clarissa Astudillo, Laredo
• Daniel Rivera, Austin
• Jennifer Olmos, Houston
• Julie Steele, Seguin
• Roberto Almanza, Jr., Laredo
• Rocky Bloom, Corpus Christi
• Sara Sanford, Austin
• Shawna Rendon, College Station
• Thomas Flannery, Fort Worth
• Daniel Avila, Brownsville
The 14 Slim Down Showdown Partner Contestants are:
• Alberto Trevino III, Brownsville
• Alejandrina Castro, Kingsville
• Amy Petett, Poth
• Barbara Butler, Belton
• Ben Kiddy, Waco
• Brandy Rios, Pasadena
• Carolina Chavez, Brownsville
• Danny Montes, San Antonio
• Iliana Vela, Mission
• Jane Alvarez, Corpus Christi
• Jimmy Leal, San Marcos
• Johnny Gutierrez, Katy
• Leroy Gonzales, Dallas
• Patrick Jimenez, San Antonio
Earlier this year, H-E-B invited Texans to apply online at heb.com. Contestants were selected based on their willingness and desire to embrace the program, and to publicly share their journey and the resulting lifestyle changes through blogs and vlogs at heb.com/slimdown. Grand Prize winners are selected based on overall health improvement, participation and fan engagement.

From Jan. 10-15, all contestants will travel to San Antonio to participate in Fit Camp, an intensive, weeklong wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare, Gold’s Gym and health coaches from Trestle Tree. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness education.

Once they return home, contestants will receive one-on-one coaching and support from H-E-B’s registered dietitians in addition to their individual meal plans and fitness goals developed during Fit Camp. They also receive a one-year gym membership, courtesy of Gold’s Gym, to help them with their fitness routine. Winners will be announced April 1 at the H-E-B Alamo Health and Fitness Expo in San Antonio.

The Slim Down Showdown is part of H-E-B Health & Wellness, a comprehensive, long-term commitment to improve the health of Texans. H-E-B aims to inspire Texans to adopt and stick to a healthy lifestyle through special offers on healthy food, nutrition labeling, events, competitions and educational opportunities.

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