HEB announces Slim Down Showdown winners

2 customers, 2 employees receive $30,000

Pictured is Ashley Trimble. Photo courtesy of HEB.
Pictured is Ashley Trimble. Photo courtesy of HEB.

The HEB Slim Down Showdown winners were announced Saturday at the HEB Health and Wellness Family Expo.

Two customers and two HEB employees took home a share of the grand prize worth $30,000 for their efforts in making the greatest strides in health improvement and fan engagement over a 14-week period.

Marie Pechacek of Laguna Vista and Richard Arrington of Aransas Pass took home $10,000 and $5,000 respectively as the two customer winners.

Pechacek dropped four dress sizes and 53 pounds during the showdown. Arrington improved his cholesterol by 75 percent, decreasing his body fat by 36 percent and lost a total of 66.6 pounds from his start weight of 385 pounds.

"I felt like I won the moment I stepped on the scale for my final weigh in," said Pechacek. "The money is great of course, but it's about feeling good for life."

Ashley Trimble of Belton and Elizabeth Sandoval of Corpus Christi were the two HEB employee winners, taking home $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Trimble, assistant store director for the Belton HEB, lost 59 pounds and dropped five dress sizes, while Sandoval improved her cholesterol by 28 percent, decreasing her body fat by 36 percent and dropping 46 pounds.

"I feel so fantastic right now," said Trimble. "I couldn't have done it without the support from all of my family and friends, and especially my store."

The four winners from all over Texas represented 30 candidates who collectively lost more than 1,123 pounds.

"Every year, HEB does more to create a positive impact on the health of all Texans," said Craig Boyan, president and COO of HEB in a statement. "We know this year's Slim Down Showdown contestants will be terrific ambassadors for health in their communities, and we are extremely proud of everyone who took the initiative to follow along from home and make positive changes in their lifestyle."

All 30 contestants took part in a runway show before the winners were announced, revealing their dramatic makeovers and showing off the results of their hard work.

The winners were announced at the annual HEB Health and Wellness Family Expo at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Expo featured free health screenings, educational seminars, product samples and more.

Images: HEB Slim Down Showdown winners