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Apr 17, 2013
Team competition improves health of NEC employees across North America

WARRENVILLE, Ill. – National Express Corporation, a leader in student transportation across North America, knows that healthy school bus employees are better equipped to provide excellent customer service to their schools and students day in and day out. To encourage improved wellness across its organization, NEC launched its second-annual “Slim Down Challenge” that has its employees losing weight and having fun with fitness.

The 10-week competition involves groups of four to seven employees aiming to score the best in percentage of weight lost. Each team designated a team captain and chose a team name.
“When you can have fun while making an improvement to your life and to your job, you’re more likely to be successful at it,” said Michele McDermott, senior vice president of Human Resources. “The health and safety of our employees is enhanced through personal fitness, which contributes to the vitality of our organization.
Every Friday, the team captains submit their group’s cumulative weight loss as the statistics are tracked, leading up to the late-May conclusion of the contest. Members of the winning team get reimbursed for a one-year health club membership, and one grand prize is awarded to North America’s top team.
Last year during the rollout of the program, more than 1,500 NEC employees throughout the United States and Canada lost 8,610 pounds. A Durham School Services team from Independence, Kansas, won that 2012 competition by losing an impressive 11.1 percent of their combined weight.
“A healthy employee is a more productive employee, so our customers see the benefits as well,” McDermott said. “The Slim Down Challenge delivers positive results for everyone.”
About our company
Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann Bus make up National Express Corporation (NEC) , headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham and Petermann (United States) and Stock (Canada) operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: “Getting kids to school safely, on time and ready to learn.” For more information, visit or


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