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Weight Watchers(R) Reveals the 2008 Inspiring Stories of the Year Contest Winners Online and in the January Issue of Good Housekeeping
Date:12/16/2008

It's about a lifestyle, not a diet."

A team of judges selected the winners from nearly 1500 entrants across the country. The selections were based on a variety of factors, including the amount of weight lost, the positive and lasting impact it had on their life, as well as the inspirational nature of their personal transformation. The winners are: Amy Conklin, Rockford, IL (33.5 pounds lost); Jessica Chicas of Ocala, FL (53.4 pounds lost); Jan Haapala of Minneapolis, MN (122 pounds lost); Jane Reeder of Carlisle, Pa (over 100 pounds lost); and William Kessler III of Long Beach, CA (nearly 200 pounds lost). These winners each received a trip for two to New York City, $500 to be used towards a shopping spree and a tour of New York City.

"What this inspiring story says to our readers is, 'if they can do this, you can do this,'" Ellis added.

Weight Watchers selected 27 finalists from across the country, who all received $300 Macy's gift cards. Entrants were asked to submit detailed stories of positive lifestyle changes and health benefits as a result of their weight loss, and, for the first time ever, were able to enter the contest by submitting original video entries or original written essays. All of the winners' stories feature inspiring individual triumphs, showing that successful weight loss may translate into positive changes in many other aspects of life. The stories recounted the sparks of realization that led them to Weight Watchers and lasting results. [A complete list of the five Grand Prize winners of the 2008 WEIGHT WATCHERS INSPIRING STORIES OF THE YEAR CONTEST and a summary of their individual weight-loss stories follows.] Check out all of the 2008 WEIGHT WATCHERS INSPIRING STORIES OF THE YEAR CONTEST Grand Prize winners' stories, which are featured in full on www.WeightWatchers.com/InspiringStories, along with oth
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