Thirty-five people from across the state hope so. H-E-B has named members of the public and their own employees to participate in the fifth anniversary of the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown. Presented with Nestle, Beanitos and belVita, this is a 16-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.
In the Community Contest, 15 members of the public were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000. They will embark on a life-changing journey alongside 15 H-E-B employees, or partners, who are eligible for a separate grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000.
As part of the fifth anniversary celebration, H-E-B has selected five Second Chance partners who have previously participated in a past season of Slim Down Showdown. The Second Chance winner will receive $2,500.
The 15 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are:
- Michael Plata, San Benito
- Bonnie Tisdale, McAllen
- Janie Ramirez, Edinburg
- Darralyn Johnson, Austin
- Robin Russelll, Granbury
- Nathan Dennis, College Station
- Veronica Allen, Houston
- David Nungaray, San Antonio
- Tamlynn Niemietz, New Braunfels
- Cathleen Nogueron, San Antonio
- Bobby Mowles, Victoria
- Terra Gauvain, Austin
- Michael Wise, Katy
- Petra Pearce, San Antonio
- Clay Jackson, Houston
- Jose Trevino, Mission
- Lettie Tellez, Raymondville
- Santos Segovia, Mission
- Shay Malcolm, Austin
- Rebecca Lockridge, Waxahachie
- Courtney Combs, Austin
- Brock Hartman, Corpus Christi
- Michelle Mathis, Rosenberg
- Brandon Singleton, Houston
- Daisy Gallegos, Houston
- James Griffith, San Antonio
- Veronica Jones, San Antonio
- Manuel Naredo, San Antonio
- Laura Cuellar, San Antonio
- Jeremy Peebles, Corpus Christi
The 5 Slim Down Showdown “Second Chance” Partners are:
- Jessica Flores, Houston
- Douglas Macis, Austin
- Albert Moreno, Weslaco
- Anastacia Chadis, Corpus Christi
- Jacquelyn Ary, Brownsville
Contestants were chosen based on their willingness to embrace the program and to publicly share their journey and the resulting lifestyle changes through blogs, vlogs and social media. 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.
From Jan. 17-23, all contestants will come to San Antonio to participate in Fit Camp, an intensive, week-long wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare and the Cooper Aerobics Center. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness education. Methodist Healthcare provides medical oversight and testing for the program and Cooper provides expert speakers for Fit Camp.
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 on May 9 at a ceremony at the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center in conjunction with the H-E-B Health & Wellness Family Expo.
Each week throughout the Showdown, the contestants will be blogging and vlogging about their experience. You can read about their journey at heb.com/slimdown or participate yourself by taking part in the Slim Down Showdown Challenge, an online healthy living course with recipes, workouts, summaries, videos, and a mobile tracker for weight. Last year, nearly 9,600 people signed up for the online challenge and recorded losing a total of 71,429 pounds.
This year, participants can log their progress to help their hometown win the H-E-B Community Challenge, a one-of-a kind competition that runs from January through April and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, individuals and leaders toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health. Five communities will be named winners with one participating school in each of the winning communities receiving a $1,000 grant. Winning schools and communities will be recognized at the Slim Down Showdown Finale on May 9 in San Antonio.
For more information, visit hebcommunitychallenge.com.