H-E-B Names 35 Competitors to the Fifth Annual 2015

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/14/2015, 12:32 p.m.
H-E-B has named 35 community members and employees (Partners) from across Texas to participate in the 2015 Slim Down Showdown, ...
H-E-B Slim Down Showdown

(SAN ANTONIO) — H-E-B has named 35 community members and employees (Partners) from across Texas to participate in the 2015 Slim Down Showdown, bigger and better than ever as it marks its fifth anniversary. The H-E-B Slim Down Showdown, presented by Nestle, Beanitos and belVita, is a 16-week contest designed to provide contestants with the education and tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, and the chance to win cash prizes.

In the Community Contest, 15 community contestants were chosen to compete for a Grand Prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000. They will embark on a life-changing journey alongside 15 H-E-B Partners who are eligible for a separate Grand Prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000.

As part of the 5th Anniversary Celebration, H-E-B has selected five “Second Chance” Partners (employees) who have previously participated in a past season of Slim Down Showdown. The Second Chance winner will receive $2,500.

The 15 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are:

Michael Plata, San Benito

Bonnie Tisdale, McAllen

Janie Ramirez, Edinburg

Darralyn Johnson, Austin

Robin Russelll, Granbury

Nathan Dennis, College Station

Veronica Allen, Houston

David Nungaray, San Antonio

Tamlynn Niemietz, New Braunfels

Cathleen Nogueron, San Antonio

Bobby Mowles, Victoria

Terra Gauvain, Austin

Michael Wise, Katy

Petra Pearce, San Antonio

Clay Jackson, Houston

The 15 Slim Down Showdown Partner Contestants are:

Jose Trevino, Mission

Lettie Tellez, Raymondville

Santos Segovia, Mission

Shay Malcolm, Austin

Rebecca Lockridge, Waxahachie

Courtney Combs, Austin

Brock Hartman, Corpus Christi

Michelle Mathis, Rosenberg

Brandon Singleton, Houston

Daisy Gallegos, Houston

James Griffith, San Antonio

Veronica Jones, San Antonio

Manuel Naredo, San Antonio

Laura Cuellar, San Antonio

Jeremy Peebles, Corpus Christi

The 5 Slim Down Showdown “Second Chance” Partners are:

Jessica Flores, Houston

Douglas Macis, Austin

Albert Moreno, Weslaco

Anastacia Chadis, Corpus Christi

Jacquelyn Ary, Brownsville

Earlier this year, H-E-B invited Texans to apply online at heb.com. Contestants were selected based on their willingness and desire to embrace the program, and to publicly share their journey and the resulting lifestyle changes through blogs, vlogs and social media. Grand Prize winners are selected based on overall health improvement, participation and fan engagement. Healthy Hero winners demonstrate the most progress on health markers such as body mass index, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

From Jan. 17-23, all contestants will come to San Antonio to participate in Fit Camp, an intensive, weeklong wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare and the Cooper Aerobics Center. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness education. Methodist Healthcare provides medical oversight and testing for the program and Cooper provides expert speakers for Fit Camp.

Once they return home, contestants will receive one-on-one coaching and support from H-E-B’s registered dietitians in addition to their individual meal plans and fitness goals developed during Fit Camp. They also receive a one-year gym membership, courtesy of Gold’s Gym, to help them with their fitness routine. Winners will be announced on May 9 at a ceremony at the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center in conjunction with the H-E-B Health & Wellness Family Expo.