When JHE puts its mind to something, the team makes it happen. And the JHE “Get Fit Challenge” was no different.
The eight-week challenge started August 4 and incorporated both an individual and team aspect. Created to encourage employees to work together to create healthy habits, the 45 participants lost a combined 205 pounds.
“It was great to see how many people were really into the challenge and stuck with it,” said Dan Mott. “We expected maybe 15-20 people to sign up. We more than doubled that and the results were fantastic.”
The individual challenge winner was Jordan Black who lost 24 pounds overall. Though Team Dan led most of the competition, Team Paul took home the win for the group challenge. Paul Nolasco’s team, including Jordan Black, Lauren Livesay, Cody Kauffman, Alex Fennig, Brandon Stegall, Jim Ablard and Jeff Gajewski, earned a total of 1,068 points.
Each group earned points for:
- Two points daily: no fast food or fried food; at least seven hours of sleep
- Three points daily: two servings of vegetables; two servings of fruit; no sugar, including soda; drinking at least 64 ounces of water
- Four points daily: 30 minutes of working out
- Five points daily: 60 minutes of working out
- Points at the end of the challenge: four points for each pound lost on the team
Even though it was a competition, the six teams encouraged each other both in the office and on the road to eat healthier and work out together.
“At the end of the day, it was about creating healthy habits that hopefully led to some weight loss,” said Mott. “But most importantly, the challenge was about simply living a healthier lifestyle especially when that can be such a challenge with how much we are on the road.”
Congrats to each of the participants on working toward a healthier lifestyle!
Get Fit, Dan Mott, Jordan Black, Paul Nolasco, Lauren Livesay, Cody Kauffman, Alex Fennig, Brandon Stegall, Jim Ablard, Jeff Gajewski
A team of passionate, driven people make up the JHE family. Never ones to shy away from a challenge, more than half of the employees signed up to participate in the first “JHE Get Fit Challenge.”
The eight-week challenge started August 4 and incorporates both an individual and team aspect. The program was developed to encourage employees to work together to create healthy habits that would ultimately lead to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. A private Facebook page was also launched to correlate with the start of the program that gives employees a forum to share recipes, articles, workouts and encouragement.
For the “biggest loser” individual challenge, participants will record their starting and ending weight. The individual with the highest percentage of weight loss will be declared the winner.
The team competition is broken into six groups led by Dan Mott, Paul Nolasco, Derek Lane, Aprill Williams, Erin Nosker and Jeremy Callahan. Participants can earn points daily by:
-Avoiding fast food (two points);
-Getting more than seven hours of sleep (two points);
-Drinking 62 ounces of water (three points);
-Eating two servings of vegetables (three points);
-Eating two servings of fruit (three points);
-Avoiding sweets and sugary treats (three points); and
-Working out for 30 minutes (four points) or 60 minutes (five points).
Each employee can also earn a onetime 10-point bonus by participating in a race or trying a new workout class. For every pound lost, participants will earn another four points. And since a team competition is all about group motivation, teams will earn an extra 25 points if everyone completes one category at least four days a week.
In addition to the satisfaction of helping each other lose weight and become healthier, JHE is rewarding the “biggest loser” challenge winner with a $75 Dick’s gift card and the team challenge winners with a $50 Dick’s gift card each.
Dan Mott, Paul Nolasco, Derek Lane, Aprill Williams, Erin Nosker, Jeremy Callahan, Get Fit Challenge
In the past year, my dedication to a healthy lifestyle has been renewed. Up to this point, I’d run one 5k, but when I saw the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) 5k at Charlotte Motor Speedway advertised on Facebook, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
Described as a 5k course that combines game show inspired obstacles, such as an inflatable slide, belly flop drop, wrecking ball and Tarzan swing, to give you the craziest run ever, the ROC race seemed like a must for the JHE family.
I rounded up 12 people to join me for this crazy race: Mary Griffin, Cassie Brickman, Michael Ann Gosby, Michael Verlatti, Jeff Gajewski, Jeremy Callahan and his twin brother Jonathan, Avery Nelson, John “Lunchbox” Autrey, Aprill King, my roommate Brynn and Andrew Stilwell. Even though we are a competitive group, we chose to run the race as a team and waited on every person to finish before advancing to the next level. “We are only as strong as our weakest link,” is a mindset we live by at JHE which came into play during this obstacle-filled race.
One of the toughest obstacles was the wrecking ball. Only two team members managed to hold on and not get wet.
The “Foam of Fury” obstacle was one of the funniest moments. Jeremy Callahan went down the bubbly horizontal slide almost immediately after Cassie and pushed her head first quickly. A mouth full of foam, she was coughing bubbles for the rest of the race.
We all had the most fun on the “World’s Largest Moon Bounce.” I think it would be the perfect addition to the JHE holiday party We also had a blast on the “World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide” which we were able to slide down multiple times thanks to Lunchbox knowing the race director (he seems to know someone everywhere).
However, one of my best memories was finishing as a team. It was a fun, crazy and memorable experience. I can’t wait to do it again with my second family next year!
– Erin Nosker
Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Erin Nosker, ROC Race
As Benjamin Franklin said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” JHE continues to take this advice and invest in the future of its people through targeted training opportunities.
In addition to ongoing career education, JHE began offering a monthly lunch and learn training series for all employees in 2013. Employees were asked to provide feedback on topics they would be interested in learning more about during an end of year survey. JHE used this feedback to create a nine-month series that includes classes taught by outside experts, such as photography basics, priority management and strategic thinking, and in-house experts, such as sales 101, audio/video essentials and art fundamentals. By offering a unique collection of classes, all employees can benefit from the opportunity. JHE has also started capturing the sessions on tape to share with the employees who are on the road and unable to attend in person.
The training series is another way for our employees to continue to better themselves and continuously maintain their status as experts in their field. JHE looks forward to continuing to offer unique employee education opportunities to help make our employees the best of the best.
– Michael Verlatti
Michael Verlatti, Benjamin Franklin, training, corporate education