A total of 37 staff at contractor Stepnell have shed an average of more than a stone each after the company introduced a health and fitness programme.
Stepnell hired the services of performance coach Rory Coleman, who has completed more than 1,000 marathons and coached the likes of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Under Coleman’s guidance, the staff embarked on the Average2Awesome (A2A) regime, a 12-week calorie restricted diet and exercise programme, which incorporates a weekly 10,000-step challenge.
The firm claims the programme has changed employees’ attitude towards exercise with many of them now embarking on pre-work runs, lunchtime walks, and a company team taking on the Three Peaks Challenge.
Managing director Tom Wakeford said: "This is the first time we’ve used a programme of this kind and it’s proving transformational with some astonishing results.
"We’ve invested in Average2Awesome as part of our commitment to helping individuals achieve their potential as well as benefit from the confidence boost which comes from making such a major change in your life.
"It’s been shown that healthier people are more productive, but this kind of challenge can also be hugely empowering, making a major difference to people’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing and sense of what they can achieve.
"That’s obviously beneficial from a business perspective, alongside the other positive results we’re experiencing from improved communication and team spirit."