Meridian Weight Loss Challenge Culminates with Awards Luncheon

From left to right:  Heather DeRegis, Mike Marion, Victor Rodriguez, Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez, Fransisco Cabrera, Betsy Wines
From left to right: Heather DeRegis, Mike Marion, Victor Rodriguez, Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez, Fransisco Cabrera, Betsy Wines

Congratulations to the following people for being our “biggest losers” in the 2nd Annual Weight Loss Challenge:
1st Place Fransisco Cabrera
2nd Place Victor Rodriguez
3rd Place Mike Marion
Honorable Mention goes to:
Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez
Brian Lazewski
John Gomez
Taryn Bruno
Closest to Goal goes to:
Anthony Banome
Heather DeRegis
Honorable Mention goes to:
Aida Libiran
Team Prize – RamRod 2.0
Team RamRod Members: Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Fransisco Cabrera, Gogi Grewal
Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge. You are all winners!

Special thanks goes to Betsy Wines and Dennis O’Connell for organizing the event and updating the statistics, and to Susan Forester for her help with the Awards Luncheon.


Meridian Celebrates Weight Loss Winners

Teterboro, NJ – On Friday, February 10, 2012, an awards luncheon was held at Meridian to recognize team and individual successes for the company’s first-ever weight loss challenge. About 40 employees participated in the event, which were then grouped into 7 teams. Each team was required to “weigh in” every two weeks, and then contribute one dollar towards the contest prizes which were awarded at the end of the four month event. The contest ended on February 7, 2012, after the last “weigh outs” were verified and logged by a nurse.

The challenge was a huge success for both the individuals who participated, as well as the company as a whole, with a combined total of 346 pounds lost! In the end, every participant benefited in some way, no matter how big or small the weight loss. Throughout the competition, teams had met to discuss and implement better eating habits, add or increase exercise to their daily routine, and find other ways live healthier lives. The health benefits accrued during the challenge included weight loss, lowered cholesterol levels, and reduced blood pressure – all factors contributing to a brighter future.

Meridian would like to congratulate the following participants:

1st Place Winner – Michelle Mandzy
2nd Place Winner – Arlene Baetiong
3rd Place Winner – Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez

Team Award – “Number Crunchers”
    Steve Chandoha (Team Captain)
    Aida Libiran
    Ofelia Baetiong
    Nila Gonzales
    Michelle Mandzy
    Arlene Baetiong

Closest to Goal – Patti Perez

Honorable Mentions go to the following employees for making significant progress throughout the challenge: John Frangipani, Andrew Ladouceur, Tom Nielsen, Cisco Cabrera, and Per Karlsson.