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The National Conference Center Loses 300 Pounds and Counting
Campus-Wide Initiative Inspires Many to Adopt Healthier Eating Habits
Last year the human resources team partnered with the food and beverage department to establish The Biggest NCC Winner Competition, based on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” television show which awards participants who have achieved their weight loss goals. The Biggest NCC Winner Competition awarded $500 to the participant who lost the highest percentage of their previous body weight in a three-month period.
In an effort to aid participants of the program, changes were made to the staff dining menu. The new additions included mixed greens, fresh fruit and whole wheat pasta. Implementing healthy staff dining options was an easy task for Executive Chef Craig Mason who had already implemented healthy menu items using fresh, locally grown ingredients for NCC customers. Chef Mason, also a participant in the competition, consulted health magazines for ideas on how to add variety to the menu and make staff favorites more nutritious. A section of the staff dining room was also transformed into an information center, where participants were able to post healthy recipes and share exercise tips.
In addition to the changes in the staff dining room, participants were also encouraged to walk the grounds of the property during breaks and to use the fitness centers at NCC. A number of fitness focused activities including yoga and kickboxing classes were scheduled during evening hours.
“The salsa dancing classes were very popular,” said NCC human resources representative, Lindsay Boyd who organized the competition. “It was wonderful to see so many of the participants working together to achieve their individual weight loss goals.”
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The National Conference Center (NCC), located in Northern Virginia 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington, D.C., is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. With 917 guest rooms and over 250,000 square feet of meeting space, NCC has become a hub for productive meetings and is on the GSA schedule. NCC is also home to West Belmont Place, Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom with 16,500 square feet for holding an elegant wedding or accommodating a large trade show or special event. For information call 800-640-2684 or visit www.conferencecenter.com, or www.westbelmontplace.com.
The National Conference Center is managed by ARAMARK Conference Centers. ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com.