I’m excited to share the results of our 2012 Challenge and some thoughts from the participants! Last year, a group of our participants started out on a yearlong challenge. They received 20 emails every month about a certain wellness topic, from healthy food choices to mindful eating to physical activities. Each email contained a related “challenge” for them to complete – for example, if we were talking about running, the challenge might be to do a 1 mile time trial. If we were talking about the health benefits of sweet potatoes, the participants might have to include a sweet potato in a meal that day.
And now, after a total of 240 challenges throughout last year, we are pleased to announce the winners!
1st Place - $250 Cash Prize
Lisa was a star in the 2012 Challenge, typically completing 15 or more of the 20 challenges each month – and completing all of them in some months! Lisa’s strength was putting in consistent effort and determination throughout the entire program. She never let a large amount of time go by without completing the challenges, and even wrote them down in a notebook so she remembered which she still had to complete while on-the-go! Her effort and work obviously paid off by earning her the most points and our 1st place prize!
Lisa's thoughts: “I can honestly say, I am going to miss the challenges. I love to learn about healthy lifestyles and work hard to implement them when I can. I am even more aware of how healthy practices and exercising goes hand and hand. I really want to become healthy in a whole manner. The challenges have kept me on my toes in a fun way--I am competitive but I also like to try new foods, enjoyed the recipes, loved being challenged by the quizzes and more!”
2nd place - $150 Cash Prize
Nicole is naturally interested in nutrition and fitness from her background and jobs, so I knew she would do great in the challenge. Nicole’s strength was completing a variety of types of challenges. Whether it was trying a new food, a new exercise, or taking a quiz about her health, Nicole was always up for participating. This earned her the 2nd place prize in our challenge!
Nicole's thoughts: “I thought the program was awesome and really informative. I learned a lot about new foods and exercises and about myself along the way. It was flexible and fun and no pressure and I really enjoyed it.”
3rd place - $75 Cash Price
Amy’s strength was participating in challenges that were most important or applicable for her - and doing so regularly throughout the program. Even if a week or two went by when Amy didn’t get a chance to complete one, she didn’t beat herself up or quit – instead, she’d just jump back in. That skill helped her to earn the 3rd highest number of points in our challenge!
Amy's thoughts: “I found the challenge to be very unique. It was an interesting way to entice us to try new foods, activities, etc. Some I might never have tried otherwise. Early on one of the challenges to was to try grapefruit. I gave it a whirl and discovered I really like grapefruit. I eat it from time to time to mix up my fruit options. I also liked learning about the nutritional value and ways to help implement the food or activity. I'm glad I participated.”
We are SO proud of our winners, and everyone else who participated! Congratulations!