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ShopRite of Jersey City Associate Earns Top Prize; Friendly Competition Modeled After “Biggest Loser” Show

JERSEY CITY/MAHWAH, N.J. Dec. 9, 2015 – During the recent weight loss challenge held by Inserra Supermarkets, losing meant winning for associates of the family-owned chain’s 22 stores. To conclude the three-month competition, each of the Inserra ShopRite stores named winners, who had a collective weight loss of nearly 400 pounds. Rommel Raymond “Ray” Mondejar, produce manager of ShopRite of Jersey City, earned the top spot company-wide, dropping 65 pounds, which translates to a loss of 19% of his body weight. Modeled after the popular “Biggest Loser” show, the friendly competition was led by Lindsey Inserra, vice president of corporate health and wellness; Jenna Stock, manager of corporate retail health and wellness; and the entire dietitian team of Inserra Supermarkets.

“We are extremely proud of all of our associates who joined in this challenge and are thrilled with the results,” said Inserra.

“Ray’s commitment to leading a healthier lifestyle has been inspiring,” added Lynette Hem-Lee, ShopRite of Jersey City’s registered dietitian. “As a result of his improved overall health, Ray no longer needs to take medications for high cholesterol, and he has reduced his HbA1c level to a value that puts him out of risk of diabetes as well.”

“My doctor is very pleased with my new health outcomes, and I feel more energetic and healthier every day,” added Mondejar. “One of the biggest changes I made was to stop going to the buffet. It wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it! I have continued to lose weight even after the close of the challenge and have now lost a total of 80 pounds. ”

Inserra Supermarkets presented Mondejar with a certificate and prize at a recent ceremony. Pictured in the group photo are (l to r): Stock, Inserra, and Mondejar with Jim Mooney, store manager of ShopRite of Jersey City, and Hem-Lee. Mondejar’s before and after photos tell of his substantial weight loss.

Each month, dietitians at Inserra’s ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey and New York State lead an extensive range of nutrition counseling and programming, providing customers of all ages with a health and wellness resource. Events include healthy cooking classes, recipe demonstrations, and pantry makeover seminars, among many others.

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