1,470 Pounds Lost by Simonton Employees

PARKERSBURG, W. VA. - Forget about the television show “The Biggest Loser” --- those contestants wouldn’t stand a chance against the dedicated efforts of more than 300 Simonton employees who collectively lost 1,470 pounds during the six-week Simonton Summer Challenge.

The challenge included 151 teams of two employees per team from Simonton facilities in West Virginia, Illinois, Oklahoma and California. The winning team, “Tons of Fun,” lost a combined 49 pounds by cutting out cheeseburgers, embracing exercising and eating healthy foods.

“I’m terrible about late night snacking, so this challenge really pushed me to change my eating habits,” says Jon Cunningham, a buyer in the purchasing department for Simonton Windows®. “Every day my teammate Marshall Nicholas and I would walk two miles at lunchtime and I’d eat chicken and salad. Then at night I’d exercise and walk again.

“I love cheeseburgers and used to eat them every day for lunch. Now that I’ve dropped about 25 pounds, I’ve said farewell to burgers and embraced the good eating habits I learned during the challenge.”

Cunningham, who at 37 weighs 188 pounds, is dedicated to keeping his weight below 190. Other winning Simonton teams, such as “Thin 2 Win” and “Fat Blasters” also benefited from the focus on healthy living habits during the contest.

“We launched this six-week challenge to educate our employees nationwide about weight, body fat and body mass indexes,” says Loren Mundstock, Wellness Coach for Simonton Windows based in Parkersburg. “This effort has helped prepare everyone for the Bravo Wellness Screening coming up for employees in the near future. The winning combination for every participant was education, information and better life choices.”

Which Simonton facility is the lightest these days? That’s Paris, Ill., which had a total loss of 308 pounds during the challenge. “The enthusiastic participation and involvement by employees across the country has prompted us to think about doing another competition in early 2011,” says Mundstock. “In the meantime, everyone can set personal goals and ‘buddy up’ with a partner to lose weight, eat healthier and embrace improved living habits.”

All nine Simonton facilities across the United States works directly with professional coaches from Wellness Coaches USA. Coaches help individual employees to address their various lifestyle issues, including nutrition, exercise, diet and weight loss, medication noncompliance, tobacco cessation and chronic health conditions. The company views wellness coaching as an investment in its employees and their families that can result in healthier lifestyles and decreased medical bills.

In addition to the individual coaches, Simonton also provides a results-based wellness incentives program for its employees. Bravo Wellness, LLC monitors the blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), tobacco use and cholesterol of its employees.

Winning team members across the country in the Simonton Summer Challenge include:

Ellenboro, West Virginia:
- First Place to “Soul Brothers” team of Bill Burnside and Brian Richeson
- Second Place to “Novel Approach” team of Tom Boulet and Ron Brilliant

Harrisville, West Virginia:
- First Place to “Gunslingers” team of Forrest Smith and Troy Simmons

Pennsboro, West Virginia:
- First Place to “Thin 2 Win” team of Steve Eddy and Susie Gregg
- Second Place to “M&M” team of Cathy Mercer and Jamie Moore

SimEx, St. Mary’s, West Virginia:
- First Place to “FBC” team of Charles Bayer and Josh Martin
- Second Place to “Bruce’s Buddies” team of Robert Kimball and John Ratliff

Simonton Parkersburg, West Virginia Corporate Office:
- First Place to “Tons of Fun” team of Jon Cunningham and Marshall Nicholas
- Second Place to “Slug Bugs” team of Carol Cunningham and Kim Kelley

Paris, Illinois:
- First Place to “Fat Blasters” team of Patrick Potter and John Comstock
- Second Place to “Pink Ladies” team of Amber Brown and Sue Cox

McAlester, Oklahoma:
- First Place to “Baby Got Back” team of Jana Banta and Sara Cable
- Second Place to “The Tempers” team of Eric McNaughton and Virgil McAfee

Vacaville, California:
- First Place to “Double Trouble” team of Jim Jimminez and Rick Thacker
- Second Place to “The Sawyers” team of Maria De La Cruz and Teresa Santana

Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2006 Builder and Remodeler Residential Window and Patio Door Satisfaction StudySM. The company also ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study SM.

Simonton was also ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards from Market Research Associates.

Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver its made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and security business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops.

For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit SIMONTON.

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