Houston Companies Take Employee Wellness to the Next Level at the Fit Company Challenge

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Teams from local companies in Houston show the impact of their wellness programs by training for and conquering a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute. The challenge allowed companies to use fitness as a team building activity and highlight the positive impact that living fit has had on their employees and business.

Everyone had fun and woke up the next morning very sore! - Jennifer Borders, System Director of Wellness Services at Houston Methodist

On February 20, 2016 hundreds of participants from 27 companies located in the Houston area took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate wellness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants worked in teams of 3 to 4 towards completing a variety of fitness stations tailored to challenge the team member’s current fitness level and earn points towards their company’s overall score.

For the 2nd year in a row, Houston Methodist took the top overall company spot and top spot in the large team division. Jennifer Borders, System Director of Wellness Services and Michael Masters, Manager of Employee Wellness lead Houston Methodist’s efforts as their 2nd year as the company’s co-captains. “Houston Methodist had an amazing time participating in the Fit Company Challenge again this year. We had 12 teams fighting for the #1 spot. Everyone had fun and woke up the next morning very sore!” Said Jennifer Borders, “Thanks, Fit Company, for helping contribute to our Houston Methodist culture of Wellness. We look forward to next year!”

David Weekley Homes took the top spot in the Medium Team division, and while excited for the win, their team captain Jackie Hanson, HR & Benefits Administrator, was just as excited to see how much fun their teams were having. “Participating in the Fit Company Challenge helped to promote our company’s wellness efforts because it inspired our Team Members to push themselves toward achieving their fitness goals, while reinforcing the message that being healthy can also be fun!” Jackie continued, “I felt that this event brought our team closer as we worked together toward a common goal, and it was encouraging to see everyone cheering each other on from start to finish!”

On event date, with the help of over 40 volunteers assisting the contenders, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and ended with a test of endurance in order to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members, and family members to cheer them on and promote the importance of having fun and effective corporate wellness programs at their companies.

The challenge was held at Houston Sports Park in Houston, Texas, a short drive from downtown Houston.

The following is a list of the top finishers in Houston that participated in the 2016 Fit Company Challenge:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Companies Overall

1. Houston Methodist
2. David Weekley Homes
3. Noble Energy
4. EP Energy

Fittest Companies by Division

Large Division:
1. Houston Methodist

Medium Division:
1. David Weekley Homes
2. Noble Energy
3. EP Energy
4. PinnacleART

Small Division:
1. cPanel, Inc.
2. SunCoast Resources
4. MiddletonRaines+Zapata, LLP

Micro Division:
1. Allegiance Bank
2. 2nd.MD
3. EYP/WHR Architects
4. ABIS, Inc.

Fittest Teams By Level

Course 1 – Level 2

1. SunCoast Resources - #57

  •      Allen Soriano
  •      Dakota Kerr
  •      Carlene Josil
  •      Shane Poston

2. MiddletonRaines+Zapata, LLP - #14

  •      Jennifer Lock
  •      Jordan Ross
  •      Ricky Castillo
  •      Troy Sanchez

3. SunCoast Resources - #58

  •      Charles Outlaw
  •      Kieth Freeman
  •      Kasey Mills
  •      Sarah Miranda

4. David Weekley Homes - #104

  •      Josh Schelnick
  •      Sal Maida
  •      Wes Cowart
  •      Yong Jeong

Course 1 – Level 1

1. Allegiance Bank - #101

  •      Duy Nguyen
  •      Rickey Jimenez
  •      Joaquin Sustaita
  •      Wes McCord

2. Noble Energy - #47

  •      Will Sims
  •      Brandon Wise
  •      John Maye

3. Houston Methodist - #152

  •      Marlene Benavides
  •      Ghadi Ali
  •      Tim Stiff
  •      Elaine Campbell

4. Noble Energy - #45

  •      Kyle Posey
  •      Monique Brown
  •      Ian McNally
  •      Maria Adegbenro

Course 2 – Level 2

1. EP Energy - #21 (Tie)

  •      Damien Morris
  •      Daniel Rohling
  •      Blake Myers
  •      Jacob Moehrig

1. David Weekley Homes - #104 (Tie)

  •      Josh Schelnick
  •      Sal Maida
  •      Wes Cowart
  •      Yong Jeong

3. SunCoast Resources - #57

  •      Allen Soriano
  •      Dakota Kerr
  •      Carlene Josil
  •      Shane Poston

4. Houston Methodist - #154

  •      Chris Gaines
  •      Kat
  •      Corbin Skinner
  •      Alex

Course 2 – Level 1

1. David Weekley Homes - #109

  •      David LaFleur
  •      Cory Harris
  •      Jessica Knight
  •      Randall Rowlett

2. Houston Methodist - #163

  •      Mark Morrison
  •      Bryan Lee
  •      Kellie Cline
  •      Rochelle Tubo

3. David Weekley Homes - #112

  •      Courtney Pennington
  •      Mike Pennington
  •      Mary Morgan O'Brien
  •      Mike Olfers

4. David Weekley Homes - #110

  •      Alex Velasquez
  •      Nesby Willis
  •      Jessica Sobrino
  •      Nick Sobrino

Course 3 – Level 2

1. Shrader Engineering, Inc. - #175

  •      Marbella Shrader
  •      Craig Shrader
  •      Nathan Stone

2. Houston Methodist - #135

  •      Ray Robertson
  •      Mark Penner
  •      Oluwabukola Omotade
  •      Marques Moore

3. cPanel Inc. - #184

  •      Norman Miller
  •      Juwairia Siddiqi
  •      Mohamed Syed

4. Houston Methodist - #151

  •      Jaime Wilson
  •      Keith Hinze
  •      Jennifer Palmer
  •      Heather Ortega

Course 3 – Level 1

1. PinnacleART - #76

  •      Brad Moore
  •      Jim Maloy
  •      Vanessa Maciel
  •      Ogemdi Isiguzo

2. cPanel Inc. - #182

  •      Matthew Thrush
  •      Tissani Rizzo
  •      Karen Aguirre
  •      Jeremiah Johnston

3. cPanel Inc. - #186

  •      Eric Hegel
  •      Geoffrey Stephens
  •      Timothy Mullin
  •      Sricharan Angara

4. Houston Methodist - #148

  •      Letty Rocha Emery
  •      Crystal Diaz
  •      Juan Leiva

Organizations that brought out testers to assist contenders on event date and sponsored the event include –

  •     University of Houston – Department of Health and Human Performance
  •     Houston Sports and Social Club
  •     Fast Results Fitness
  •     Fitness Kings
  •     Revolution Studio

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:

The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to help companies thrive through wellness. The Fit Company Challenge helps companies be their best by creating the most productive, focused, energetic, happiest, and cohesive teams possible.

Find more at http://www.fitcompany.com and upcoming events in Asheville, Atlanta, Dallas, and Nashville.

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