NDI In the News

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2012

Contact:
Greg Glynn, Account Executive
Nancy Marshall Communications
207-623-4177, gglynn@marshallpr.com

Health Insurance Costs and Waistlines Shrink
at National Distributors, Inc.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - On Tuesday, August 28, employees from National Distributors, Inc., based in South Portland, hosted a celebration to highlight the success of the company's Changes weight loss program designed to increase employee fitness and overall health. The program has helped employees from National Distributors, Inc. to lower health insurance costs and to lose a combined 1,000 pounds in the past 10 months.   

From National Distributors, Inc., Todd Andrews, Jeff Kane, Jaime Andrews and Judy Anderson from Changes Weight Loss Consulting.

From left to right: From National Distributors, Inc., Todd Andrews, Jeff Kane, Jaime Andrews and Judy Anderson from Changes Weight Loss Consulting.

"This program has really changed the way our employees feel about themselves. On a personal level, I am so proud of our employees that participated in the program and to hear all their success stories. From a business perspective, it has also helped lower our employee health insurance costs. The Changes program has been a huge success in so many ways," said Jeff Kane, president of National Distributors, Inc. 

As part of the event, Todd Andrews from Biddeford was announced as the employee that has lost the most amount of weight (123 pounds). Six other employees lost over 80 pounds, three lost over 50 pounds and 26 other employees lost significant weight. In celebration of their achievements, the employees helped unveil the weight loss wall on Tuesday which features motivational messages from the more than 35 employees that participated in the program. 
   
During the celebration, Judy Anderson, who owns and operates Changes Weight Loss Consulting,addressed the employees and acknowledged their commitment and hard work to reach their goals.

"In just 10 months the employees have lost an incredible amount of weight and even took on the challenge to run a 5K race. The most important part about this program has been the improvement in their overall health. I am thrilled that the company asked me to be a part of this process and I am extremely proud of the employees for their hard work and dedication," said Judy Anderson, transformation specialist of the Changes program.

A lunch menu approved by the Changes program that included marinated boneless chicken breast, low glycemic pasta salad, Waldorf coleslaw, fresh fruit and vegetables, sugar-free drinks and low carbohydrate cupcakes were served as part of the celebratory lunch.

Charlie Gagnon lost over 80 pounds as part of the Changes program and was instrumental in sharing the program with his co-workers at National Distributors, Inc. in South Portland.

Charlie Gagnon lost over 80 pounds as part of the Changes program and was instrumental in sharing the program with his co-workers at National Distributors, Inc. in South Portland.

Employee Charlie Gagnon, 60, from York, who has worked at National Distributors, Inc. for more than 18 years, was one of the people responsible for bringing the Changes program to the company and has lost over 80 pounds as part of the program. 

"When my mom died about a year ago, we both had similar health issues, so I decided to make a commitment to this program. When Jeff saw my success and weight loss, he was impressed and wanted to know how I did it. I gave him the information about the Changes program and he suggested we bring the program to the company," said Gagnon.

As part of the celebration, Gagnon was recognized for bringing the Changes program to the company and for his upcoming retirement on August 31. During his retirement, he plans to spend more time with his wife and three grandchildren.

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About National Distributors, Inc.:
Established in 1960, National Distributors, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been providing quality beverages to retailers for the benefit of consumers for over 50 years. Though predominantly servicing retailers in Southern Maine, the company continues to provide a variety of products and expand their distribution to Central & Coastal Maine. National Distributors maintains a strong vision for a greener future with an active environmental program. The company and its more than 170 employees also continue to be proud community leaders and promote the responsible consumption of their products.