April 15, 2010 // Franchising.com // Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE), the premier meal replacement company in the country, is proud to announce its Seattle Sutton's 2010 Slim Down contest winners. Paul Quaglia of Westmont, Ill. lost the most weight based on percentage of body weight, making him the grand prize winner. He lost a total of 26.50 percent of body weight in just 14 weeks. And, besides the prize of improving his health, he also won a trip for 4 to Universal Orlando Resort for his family.
Quaglia was interested in the challenge as a way to re-gain his health, become more active and prepare for a planned trip to climb Mt. Rainier this June. Now 53 pounds lighter, he's more fit than ever before -- even when he used to run marathons -- and now he's up for the challenge to climb the 14,411 foot mountain with his brother-in-law.
The two contestants who lost the second and third most weight based on percentage of body weight lost also won prizes, $1,000 cash and 5 weeks of Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating 1,200-calorie plan meals respectively.
The first place winner is Tim Gallivan from Aurora, Ill., he lost a total of 22.8 percent of body weight and dropped 69 pounds. Gallivan, an avid fisherman, is excited about now being able to enjoy the activity he loves without getting winded. He's also looking forward to spending many more healthy and active years with his wife, Therese, who's been his biggest supporter through this life-changing journey.
The second place winner is Linda Russell from Palatine, Ill., she lost a total of 21.29 percent of body weight and 33 pounds. Russell is an active, vivacious 50-year old who loves playing with her grandchildren. She's not your typical sit on a chair grandma, she gets right down on the floor and plays with them. Russell said it's much easier now without carrying extra weight.
ACL Labs measured contestants' fasting glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol and triglycerides at the beginning of the contest and at the conclusion to measure their improvement of health. Blood pressure was also recorded at the beginning and end of the contest. Contestants were also closely monitored each week and they weighed-in at their distributor locations when they picked up their SSHE meals.
In addition to weight loss, their lab work and blood pressure saw significant improvements during the 14 weeks. Quaglia's blood pressure and glucose dropped, his cholesterol was lowered from 247 to 190 and his triglycerides dropped from 142 to 59.
Gallivan also lowered his blood pressure and glucose, his cholesterol went from 183 to 128 and his triglycerides dropped from 203 to 63.
Russell dropped her cholesterol, her blood pressure went from 165/107 to 125/78 and her triglycerides dropped from 231 to 80.
The other contestants also saw big health improvements in 14 weeks, including:
Seattle Sutton, founder and president of Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating said, "These 10 people did a remarkable job staying focused and attaining their goals to lose weight and improve their health. I'm so glad that we were able to help them reach their goals by providing our meals. After all, without good health nothing else matters."
Seattle Sutton's 2010 Slim Down contest is sponsored by SSHE in cooperation with the Tribune Media Group and ACL Laboratories.
Seattle Sutton's 2010 Slim Down contest is the first of its kind for the 25-year old company that provides freshly prepared, portion-controlled meals to thousands of people from coast-to-coast each week.
The weight loss contest spanned 14 weeks and ran from January 4, 2010 through April 12, 2010. It provided the 10 chosen contestants with the 1,200-calorie SSHE meal plan to eat. Meals included in the contest were every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the contestants, a total of 294 meals in all, for the entire 98 days of the contest.
Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE), a family-owned, Illinois-based healthy meal replacement company offers a no-gimmick approach to convenient, healthy eating nationwide. The meal program is scientifically designed and taste-tested. Founded by Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, in 1985, SSHE helps to address patients' desire to lose weight and improve overall health. Seattle Sutton's dedication to health continues today, since all SSHE menus are analyzed on an ongoing basis and adhere to recommended dietary guidelines. SSHE prepares thousands of fresh meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without planning, shopping or cooking for themselves.