Tim White and his partner Doug Decker made good on a promise to employees, who exceeded a company-wide challenge to lose weight. In exchange, the head honchos of White Construction took their side of the bet … to their heads.
With insight gained from his experience as a board member for Parker Adventist Hospital, White challenged his employees to lose weight, setting a cumulative goal of 100 pounds. His employees responded with a campaign that in six weeks resulted in a loss of nearly 154 pounds.
As a reward to employees, White shaved his head and Decker dyed his black hair blue during an April 3 celebration at the company’s Castle Rock headquarters.
The challenge was the latest effort in the company’s internal wellness program, which White Construction Group launched in 2009 to improve employee health. It was about that time that White joined the board of directors of Parker Adventist, gaining new awareness about the benefits of healthy living.
“It became apparent to me that the health crisis solution has to be a grassroots effort,” White said. “If we can become healthier people and model it with our practices, we can show you can have a healthier lifestyle.”
White Construction holds pedometer competitions, measuring the number of steps among employees or the number of miles walked. The company uses a software application provided by its health-care provider to track progress.
Lyssa Franckowiak, 35, used that software as motivation during the competition, which she won as the top weight loser in the company. Franckowiak, who lives in Highlands Ranch, lost 16 pounds in the six-week challenge, making small diet adjustments along the way.
Franckowiak cut soda and most of the dairy from her diet, added a healthy breakfast to her daily routine and stopped eating late at night. She also checked in daily to see who might be homing in on her first-place spot — a habit that upped the motivation element.
“I’m very competitive, so I tried to stay ahead of people if they started to gain on me,” Franckowiak said. “It was a lot of fun. I feel a lot better and I have a lot more energy.”
Despite his newfound baldness, White sees the competition as a win-win situation. His attitude is that healthy employees are more productive employees.
“You’re probably a better mom, dad, volunteer,” he said. “Whatever you’re doing in life, you’re probably much better at it when you’re leading a healthy lifestyle."