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By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / November 6, 2011

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Health employees are happy and productive both at work and at home, according to officials at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co. So why not help them get that way?

Last year, the biopharmaceutical company launched a 12-week “Healthy Biggest Loser” Challenge. Employees paid a $5 fee for small-group personal training sessions, a 30-minute nutritional consultation, and one-hour group support meetings before each weekly weigh-in. And that’s not all; there was an exercise and nutrition seminar, and a healthy cooking/eating demonstration. Each staffer chronicled their food, drinks, and exercise in a journal.

After the program, the company encouraged them to continue to visit the wellness coordinator as often as they wanted to. There were 39 participants who lost a total of 152 pounds.

The top finisher: a male employee who lost 21 pounds, or nearly 11 percent of his total weight. Second place was a female staffer who lost close to 18 pounds, or 9.4 percent of her body weight. They each received a cash prize.