Campbell Soup Co. recognized the achievements of five North American employees Friday with the company’s “Healthy Lifestyle Award.” Presented annually for the past five years, the award celebrates employees who live healthy lifestyles.
Award criteria include practicing balanced and healthful eating habits, leading an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in stress management and living tobacco free. The award not only recognizes the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, but the way the recipients inspire others to do the same.
Selected from 13 Campbell sites in North America, the “Healthy Lifestyle Award” winners include: Nigel DeSouza, from Campbell Co. of Canada sales; Steven McKinney, of Campbell’s world headquarters in Camden; Nana DeWitt, of Pepperidge Farm's Denver, Penn. facility; Laura Newman, from Campbell North America food service sales division, and Dale Bates of Campbell’s manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash.
“These employees are dedicated to healthy living,” said Nancy Reardon, Campbell’s chief human resources and communications officer in a prepared statement. “They are taking actions to improve their health and motivating their peers to be healthy too. These are essential tenants of the ‘Healthy Lifestyle Award’ and underscore Campbell’s commitment to encourage people to nourish their health.”
Each winner received a $500 cash award, company-wide recognition and a gift basket of Campbell’s healthy products, including Campbell’s Healthy Request soups, V8 juices and Pepperidge Farm whole grain breads.
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Nigel DeSouza, of Campbell Co. of Canada’s sales customer insights team, works out three-to-five times a week, and even coaches indoor soccer for young children. Following a sports injury, DeSouza stuck to a lengthy rehab regimen, ultimately achieving a personal goal to return to his favorite activities.
An active member of Campbell Canada’s wellness council which promotes wellness activities at work, DeSouza also gives back to the community as a motivational speaker for elementary school students on “Positive Life Learning.” He says his top lessons are: “Express your feelings instead of bottling them up; be willing to compromise; be more confident than assertive and strive for effective time management.”
Steven McKinney provides knowledge and inspiration to all around him. The senior research technician in Campbell’s research and development group made a complete lifestyle change after his doctor told him that he would follow his family history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
McKinney began practicing portion control, started a vegan diet and introduced exercise into his regimen. Now 130 pounds lighter, he said, “I feel that I have taken control of my future by living a healthy lifestyle now to avoid health risks from being overweight later in life -- and I am better for it.”
At age 55, Nana DeWitt of Pepperidge Farm’s Denver, Penn. location just completed her first marathon, finishing 21st in her age group. After losing 50 pounds, the biscuit packager started an active training regimen including changes to her diet and strength training. Her goal was to build upon her love of running to make her lifestyle even healthier.
DeWitt credits her new exercise routine with keeping her blood pressure, cholesterol and stress under control. And she’s not finished. "I want to do more marathons -- this was not my one and only," said DeWitt. "I'd like to complete another when I turn 60."
Like DeWitt, Boston native Laura Newman achieved a life-long goal by running a marathon -- in this case, the Boston Marathon. After four marathons in a year, the training manager for Campbell North America food service quickly realized that she could be healthy without being a marathon runner.