MIAMI (CBSMiami) - A South Florida hospital is giving its employees a new start at life as well.
After her first son was born, Lymaris Diaz went from 145 pounds to 239.
"When I saw pictures I thought, oh my god I can't believe I let myself get this big," said Diaz. "I saw myself addicted to food. I couldn't let go of it. I would wake up in the middle of the night to eat. I said I have to change."
Thanks to a program at her job; she could make that change. Lymaris works for Miami Children's Hospital. Last year, they started a program for its employees called "Lose To Win."
The participants workout with a trainer twice a week, and meet with a dietitian once a week during the six month program. Lymaris was last year's winner. She won weighing in at 163 pounds. Porfirio Ramirez won second place after losing 86 pounds.
Yes, they have trainers, dietitians, nurses that oversee their progress, but there's no shortcuts in this competition.
"It takes a lot of hard work, eating better, exercising," said Ramirez.
"You have to put in effort continuously every day doing your part to work out, eating healthy, clean eating," said Lymaris.
Two weeks ago, a new group of Miami Children Hospital employees started the program.
"I would love to lose 40 pounds. I would love to fit back into my size 6s," said Marisol Calero.
"I have a challenge because I want to lose 90 pounds...and I'm going to do it," said Simon Miranda. "I want to feel good. I want to feel healthy. I want my family to be proud of me."
It'll be a struggle to shed the weight but the outcome is worth it.
"I have more energy, I feel happier. I notice I laugh more. I feel more outgoing," said Porfirio.
Like Miami Children's, other companies are being proactive about helping their employees meet their health goals as well.
If you meet certain health requirements, they'll give you a discount on your insurance. Your company may offer similar health benefits, check with your human resources department to find out.
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