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SRR employees and Biggest Winner participants (from left) Carson Swanek, Bill Ferguson, Alex Brown, and Mike Broome competed for best overall improvement in weight, Body Mass Index, Blood Glucose, Total Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure.

"My life has changed." SRR's Biggest Winner Proves More than a Competition

August 21, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. Success was measured by taking the percentage of improvement for each individual, then combining them to measure the team's improvement. After final weigh-ins and blood results were measured, the winning team was awarded four high quality mountain bikes and helmets.

"In six months, these employees achieved remarkable results," Patricia Allen, SRR Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance and Contractor Assurance Director, said, "We started with an expectation to encourage our employee to improve their health, and finished with life changing success stories."

SRR Biggest Winner competitors (from left) Carson Swanek, Bill Ferguson, Alex Brown, and Mike show visible signs of weight loss after winning the competition. They received high-quality mountain bikes and helmets for best overall improvement in weight, Body Mass Index, Blood Glucose, Total Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure. Together, all SRR Biggest Winner participants lost nearly one ton of weight in six months.

The 172 employees in the competition lost approximately 2,000 pounds, or one ton, of weight. Twenty participants lost over 25 pounds, four lost over 50 pounds and the top weight loss recorded was 63 pounds.

The starting average BMI was 32 and the ending BMI declined to 29, moving down in a category of weight status. The best improvement, however, was Total Cholesterol which averaged 193 as a group at the beginning of the competition and came in at 173 by the end, moving to a more acceptable range.

The winning team members lost an average of 23.8 pounds each. Mike Broome, a member of the winning team, reported experiencing more than a change in pant size.

"Before the competition, I was facing serious health concerns, and was having a conversation with my doctor about the reality of surgery," said Broome. "With my results from the Biggest Winner competition, my life has changed and I've reversed my health issues to the point that surgery is no longer in the equation."

Stuart MacVean, SRR President and Project Manager, expressed pride while addressing the participants at a reception on August 14 and awarding the winning team.

"I am amazed at the stories that have come out of this competition and how deeply it impacted our employee's health," said MacVean. "We will continue competitions like this to pass on our top value of safety and health for our workforce.

SRR partnered with the University Hospital of Augusta, Outspoken of Augusta, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina to help the employees achieve these results.

SRR is the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corporation with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.

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