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Duke Energy Convention Center Staff Strives to Fight Obesity

Biggest Loser Competition, Incentives and Discounted Jazzercise Offered

Cincinnati, OH – In light of the recent news about the growing numbers in obesity, staff members at the Duke Energy Convention Center have made a viable effort to fight obesity and promote health, offering employees incentive programs and discounted exercise programs offered on-site, after work. The program was designed and managed by staff members of Ovations Food Services, on-site and in partnership with the Center.

The “Biggest Loser” series began on February 4th, with the initial weigh-in of 49 participants. Weigh-ins continued weekly through the end of April. The contest was based on 100%, so each time a contestant lost or gained weight, the percentages were added or subtracted from 100%. In order to promote healthy habits and provide incentive, each week a raffle was held for a $10 gift card to Subway. At the end of 30 days, prizes such as: a $100 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card, $30 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card with workout equipment and a $20 gift card to Subway were given to the top three winners. After 60 days into the program, an additional set of prizes were given out: a family pass to the Cincinnati Zoo, $50 Gift card to a golf course and a $20 Gift card to subway. At the end of the series, grand prizes were given to the top three winners: $750 gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods, A YMCA membership and $250 gift card to Whole Foods.

Participants were thrilled with the results at the last weight-in on April 27. The winner of the competition was Dave Lorch at 80%, second place went to Christa Edwards at 85.2% and third place was Tony Suma at 87.9%. The average percent lost by remaining contestants was 7.2%, making for a total combined weight lost by all participants 288.4 pounds.

“On February 24, I rode my bicycle to work for the first time. Between then and April 25, I walked, ran and rode a total of 924.84 miles, burning approximately 50,000 calories,” said winner Dave Lorch. In April alone I rode over 600 miles. I dropped most refined sugar (high fructose corn syrup, white and brown sugar) from my diet and ate more fruits, vegetables and protein instead. My average daily calorie intake went from 2,600 to 1,500.”

In addition, Ovations provided complimentary heart healthy meals at lunch time to all participants and their “food coaches” during the run of the contest. As a source of exercise, the Center offered company subsidized Jazzercise classes at a discounted rate. Classes were offered Tuesday and Thursday on-site at the convention center after business hours, making it very assessable for employees to join and attend on a regular basis, surrounded by the encouragement and motivation of their co-workers.

The Duke Energy Convention Center is managed by Global Spectrum and located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, within blocks of top-rated restaurants, bars, pro-sports venues and attractions. The Center boasts innovative design features that welcome creative event plans and versatile spaces to accommodate both large and small groups. The 40,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom is the largest and most spectacular in the Midwest. In addition, the Center offers 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibit spaces and 36 deluxe meeting rooms. DECC offers free Wi-Fi areas, an in-house AV company, telecommunications provider and show-stopping cuisine caterer. For details on the convention center or to book an exhibit or space visit www.duke-energycenter.com or call 513-419-7304.

About Global Spectrum:
Global Spectrum manages more than 100 public assembly facilities around the world. Over 20-million people attended more than 12,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

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