KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Just in time for those holiday feasts, hundreds of local employees are getting fit.
It's all thanks to the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce's Good Health is Good Business 100 day challenge. Challenge participants weighed in Monday to find out how well they did over the 100 day wellness program.
Many people said they were happy with their results and say the challenge provided the extra motivation that pushed them to drop pounds and live healthier.
"It's been a good program. And I'm trying to win," said Nolan Wright, a challenge participant.
A little healthy competition is a good thing, especially when it comes to encouraging employees to become more fit.
The Tri-City Chamber of Commerce's first-ever 100 day challenge helped local businesses give their workers some incentives to live healthier, lose weight, and win prizes.
"I am very happy. Very, very happy. I know that I never would've started this challenge had the chamber not initiated it for the citizens," said Diane Crawford, a participant who lost 18 pounds and says her lifestyle change will continue after the challenge.
"At this time of year when it's really tempting to eat a lot, I will definitely be watching my portions and my sweets and make sure that I don't go over because now I have another goal," Crawford said.
The program included a newsletter and points sheets with tips to help participants reach their goals. Patrick Conrad with Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, said they wanted to provide many resources to help guide the participants.
"For employees to eat healthier, exercise more, different routines that they could do, some of the different things they could eat. So I think that this challenge was very integral in getting a healthier lifestyle for employees around this area," Conrad said.
Wright did the program with his father and lost 28 pounds. He says the challenge gave him a goal to stick with and he too isn't going to stop here.
"It's been a big positive and I look forward to doing it again next year. And I think if we got more people in the Tri-Cities doing it, it'd be good for us as a community as well," Wright said.
Four hundred thirty people signed up for the program.
The Chamber is adding up all the numbers and will give $1,000 each to the 1st place winners of the weight loss challenge and their points program