What’s the first rule of fit club? Sunderland EDF workers improve their lifestyles

Dee Close, left, from EDF Energy shows off her biggest loser trophy with other successful members of the fit club team, names (from left) Denise Close, Amy Teasdale, Danni Appleton, Claire Riley, Lisa Cuthbertson & Andrea Briggs
Dee Close, left, from EDF Energy shows off her biggest loser trophy with other successful members of the fit club team, names (from left) Denise Close, Amy Teasdale, Danni Appleton, Claire Riley, Lisa Cuthbertson & Andrea Briggs
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WORKERS have been hailed for shedding pounds and improving their lifestyles after signing up to their company’s new health scheme.

Two hundred customer services staff at EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, completed a 12-week fit club competition to gain team points for their choice of food, exercise and weight loss.

Over the course of the programme, they lost a collective 84st, completed 3,000 hours of exercise and walked more than 35,000 miles.

Dee Close, customer service adviser, who came first in the biggest weight loser competition, had found it hard to lose the pounds in the past, but was successful when joining the fit club.

Dee said: “I joined fit club because I had moved to a different department, so when someone mentioned it, I thought it would be a great way to get to know my new colleagues.

“Because the fit club is in work, you see your team-mates every day and can encourage each other to do well.

“The support from all involved in fit club has been the key to all of our success.”

The EDF Energy Fit Club is part of a new programme introduced to coincide with the health and wellbeing strategy throughout the company.

A total of 33 teams took part in the latest Sunderland contest, of which 73 per cent of participants lost weight, and 25 people lost more than five per cent of their body weight.