OTTAWA, Ill., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE), the premier meal replacement company in the country, kicks off its DuPage County weight loss contest called Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down. For 15 weeks, 10 chosen 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 this area, 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. And recently concluding a contest for LaSalle County residents, where 9 contestants lost a total of 510.5 pounds in 15 weeks.
"I'm happy to help these 10 people change their lives for good through providing our freshly prepared meals for the contest. 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 in the public is very courageous. I give the contestants a great deal of respect for doing so. 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 based in Ottawa, Ill., is headed by 80-year old Seattle Sutton, who founded the company in hopes of helping to improve people's eating habits and overall health by providing the healthiest meals possible. The company has never veered off the mission Sutton created since it began in 1985. 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 June 4, 2012 through September 17, 2012 and will provide the chosen 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 will be heading to Riu Palace Riviera Maya, Mexico with a guest. Second place prize will win $1,000 cash from Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating. Third place prize will win a year adult membership to the Kroehler Family YMCA of Metro Chicago.
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 ACL Laboratories, as part of the contest. Contestants will be weighed each week at their DuPage County 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:
John Batke, 53 of Wheaton
Steve Cerka, 51 of Elmhurst
Julie Detwiler, 34 of Roselle
Michelle Enz, 36 of Glendale Heights
Kathy Madura, 56 of Bensonville
Judy Meyers, 50 of Darien
Sandy Richards, 54 of Downers Grove
Debbie Rovtar, 58 of West Chicago
Chitashia Smith, 34 of Glendale Heights
Stephanie Tarrant, 34 of Naperville
The 10 contestants were chosen from entries accepted from April 25, 2012 through May 9, 2012 from web and mail entries. To learn more about the contest visit seattlesutton.com and read the official rules.
The contest is sponsored by Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating in cooperation with ACL Laboratories, Apple Vacations and Riu Palace Riviera Maya and Kroehler Family YMCA of Metro Chicago.
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).
SOURCE Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating