The Contest Story

Founder Don Alsbro

    Dump Your Plump is a fun and effective wellness program created in 1986 by Donald Alsbro of Lake Michigan College.  Last year, this nationally successful program last year had over 3000 participants exercising five days a week with an average weight loss of nearly eight pounds.

National Endorsements

    "The Dump Your Plump program is good for corporations. Corporations are anxious to have their employees more fit. The trick is getting it done. Dump Your Plump does it."
Covert Baily
Author and PBS host

    We found that people reported exercising 46% more after participating. Similarly we found that over 80% of the participants reported eating less fat."
Ann Garcia, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Past Team Captains tell secrets of successful weight loss

  Fred Wilber, of the Don’t Quit, Be Fit team from Avery International, found a unique incentive: “I took a picture of a Hershey’s With Almonds candy bar and pasted it right next to the calorie counter on my treadmill at home. Each candy bar contains nearly 300 calories. You need to walk almost a half-hour to burn that many calories. I soon found that it wasn’t worth eating that candy bar, given the amount of work it took to burn off all those calories.”

Cindy Dunivar from Firm Forms, a Hudson Integrated Products team, found great support from their president, Jim Terwoord. Cindy explained, “We had a nutritionist come in eight out of the ten weeks of the contest to answer all the questions that we had. We put a poster in the front office for everyone to see, including visitors, which showed progress toward the goals of everyone in the contest. He (Jim Terwoord) said he would originally pay for anyone who met his or her weight loss and exercise goal. In the end he paid for everyone who entered the contest,” concluded Dunivar.

Dave Davies, team captain of Oh My Gut, from the Cleveland area OMG Company, used email and a straight forward approach for his team’s accomplishment of a perfect score. “We’ve done the contest in the past,” said Dave, who simply  passed out weekly newsletters and used email to encourage each member on a daily basis. “We had a weekly team meeting but didn’t have a lot of time to talk. We exchanged a lot of email and recipes in encouragement to get us through.”