Savannah River Remediation employee Mike Broome said he experienced more than a change in pant size during the liquid waste contractor’s Biggest Winner competition.

The competition took place from Jan. 8 through June 30, and consisted of 43 teams with four employees to a team for a total of 172 participants.

Broome was part of the winning team, which lost an average of 23.8 pounds each.

“Before the competition, I was facing serious health concerns and was having a conversation with my doctor about the reality of surgery,” said Broome in a press release. “With my results from the Biggest Winner competition, my life has changed; and I’ve reversed my health issues to the point that surgery is no longer in the equation.”

The 172 employees in the competition lost approximately 2,000 pounds, or one ton, of weight. Twenty participants lost more than 25 pounds, four lost more than 50 pounds and the top weight loss recorded was 63 pounds.

During an Aug. 14 reception, Stuart MacVean, Savannah River Remediation president and project manager, said he is amazed at the stories that have come out of the competition and how deeply it impacted employees’ health.

“We will continue competitions like this to pass on our top value of safety and health for our workforce,” said MacVean.

Savannah River Remediation partnered with the University Hospital of Augusta, Outspoken of Augusta and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina for the competition.

Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.