January 11, 2012 // Franchising.com // Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE), the premier meal replacement company in the country, kicks off its La Salle County weight loss contest called Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down. For 15 weeks, the 10 contestants will compete for prizes and improve their health by making a positive lifestyle change.
Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down contest is the first of its kind for the local community, having had its first successful weight loss contest for the Chicago area in 2010, when 10 contestants lost a total of 372 pounds in 14 weeks.
"I'm overjoyed at the possibility of helping these 10 people change their lives for good. Healthy eating is essential in overall good health and good health is the most important asset one has in life, without it, nothing else matters," said Seattle Sutton, RN, BSN, Founder and President of Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating.
"Taking on a weight loss challenge like this is very courageous especially in a public forum like this contest. I know habits can be difficult to break, but they are breakable and health can be re-gained through healthy eating. I've seen it time and again as a registered nurse and through helping people with our freshly prepared meals the last 26 years," Sutton said.
Sutton continued, "I want each and every one of our 10 contestants to succeed and live a healthier life for them and their families."
The local, family owned company is headed by 80-year old Seattle Sutton, who founded the company in hopes of helping improve people's eating habits and overall health. Since the company's inception, the company has prepared and provided clients coast-to-coast with more than 80 million meals to date.
The contest is a 15-week weight loss challenge beginning January 9, 2012 through April 23, 2012 and will provide 10 lucky contestants with the 1,200-calorie SSHE meal plan. Meals included in the contest are every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the contestants (21 meals per week), a total of 315 meals in all, for the entire contest. Contestants are to add 2 glasses of fat-free (skim) milk each day and a minimum of eight glasses of water per day.
The contestant who loses the most weight based on percentage of body weight lost will be named the grand prize winner and will take home the $1,500 cash prize. Second place prize will win a trip for two to Las Vegas, including airfare and hotel accommodations. Third place prize will win a year membership to the Ottawa YMCA. Fourth place prize will win an overnight trip package to Bettendorf, IA including hotel accommodations, dinner and breakfast for two.
Contestants will also have blood work completed, once at the beginning of the contest and once at the end, to measure cholesterol (including LDL, HDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol), fasting blood sugar and AlC, as well as their blood pressure taken. This is a free service provided by Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center, as part of the contest. Contestants will be weighed each week at the Ottawa distributor location when they pick up their SSHE meals.
The 10 Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down contestants competing for improved health and great prizes are:
Andrea Edwards, 48 of Ottawa
Bob Beutke, 55 of Grand Ridge
Bob Hornbeck, 55 of Marseilles
Chris Dougherty, 45 of Ottawa
Heather Treest, 40 of Ottawa
Janna Trager, 44 of Grand Ridge
Kim Farrell, 52 of Ottawa
Kristen McGill, 34 of Ottawa
Ryan Ramon, 38 of Streator
Sean McGettigan, 46 of Ottawa
The 10 contestants were chosen from hundreds of entries accepted from October 26, 2011 through November 15, 2011 from web, mail and walk-in entries. To learn more about the contest visit seattlesutton.com and read the official rules.
Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down Contest is sponsored by Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating in cooperation with WCMY 1430 AM, S&S Travel of Ottawa, the YMCA of Ottawa, and All Points Travel. Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center is providing lab services at no cost to contestants.
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. For more information, seattlesutton.com or 1-800-442-DIET (3438). For business-related inquiries, 1-888-442-DIET (3438).