H-E-B Slim Down Showdown winners and contestants pose for a group photo, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.
H-E-B has named 30 community members and partners, or employees, from across Texas to participate in the 2016 Slim Down Showdown. THe list includes several from San Antonio, New Braunfels and Seguin.
The 12-week contest is designed to provide contestants with the education and tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, and the chance to win cash prizes.
In the Community Contest, 15 contestants were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000. They will embark on a journey alongside 15 H-E-B partners who are eligible for a separate grand prize of $10,000 and Healthy Hero prize of $5,000.
Though only 30 are selected for the competition, anyone can follow along from home with the “Slim Down Showdown 6-Week Challenge,” a healthy living challenge hosted by H-E-B in partnership with Under Armour and MyFitnessPal, complete with recipes and workouts. Participants are encouraged to log meals through the MyFitnessPal app to win weekly prizes of either a $100 Under Armour gift card or a Fitbit. A Texas grand prize winner that will receive a $500 Under Armour gift card and H-E-B registered dietitian services for a year. A national grand prize winner will receive a $500 Under Armour gift card and personal training services for a year. Last year, more than 10,000 people signed up for the online challenge and recorded losing more than 28,000 pounds.
In addition, H-E-B is hosting “Resolution Solutions” throughout all stores through Jan. 19 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 changes lives, but our far-reaching 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 have a ripple effect in their communities and across the state,” said Kate Rogers, vice president of corporate communication and health promotion. “Our effort to reach millions is also why we hire dietitians to work directly with partners and customers in our stores; it’s why we focus on developing innovative, healthy products, and it’s why we host an online challenge where everyone can access the same great resources we provide to our official contestants.”
The 15 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are:
Charlotte Melder, Austin
Zachary House, Dallas
Darlene Montemarano, Cypress
Kimberly Revis, Cypress
Joe Contreras, Bryan
Carlos De La Garza, New Braunfels
Meya Acuna, Seguin
Jennifer Brooklyn, San Antonio
Gracie Cantu, Alice
Daniel Prado, Corpus Christi
Michelle Giles, Harlingen
Chelsea Childress, Harlingen
Viky Garcia, Laredo
Daniel Rangel, Pharr
Brooke Cortez, College Station
The 15 Slim Down Showdown Partner Contestants are:
Shannon Jones, Hutto
Shandi Meredith, Temple
Amber Smith, Malakoff
Willie Aguirre, Castroville
Jesse Cano, Corpus Christi
Richard Garcia, Corpus Christi
Maria Quintanilla, Pearland
Emmanuel Quiroz Martinez, Pasadena
Azure Gabriel, Dallas
Terry Galbraith, San Antonio
John Pantuso, Victoria
Claudia Bejarano, Brownsville
Robert Guerra, Brownsville
Francisco Ortega, Rio Grande City
Jabbar Al Tameemi, 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. Healthy Hero winners demonstrate the most progress on health markers such as body mass index, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
All contestants will travel to San Antonio on Jan. 17 to participate in a week-long Fit Camp, an intensive wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare, Gold’s Gym and the Cooper Aerobics Center. 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 16 at a ceremony at the Henry B. González Convention Center in conjunction with the H-E-B Health & Wellness Family Expo.