H-E-B Slim Down Showdown Contestant Ashley Kuzar and her workout buddy take turns with the bungee stretch exercise. Photo by Megan O'Kain Lotay.

H-E-B Contestants: Seven Weeks And Few Hundred Pounds Down

Not long ago, I read that the average dieter gives up after about five weeks with most diets derailed due to loss of motivation and willpower.  That said, it’s easy to see why a midpoint meet up and weigh-in is so important to the contestants in this year’s H-E-B Slim Down Showdown, a “Biggest Loser” style competition for 30 contestants selected from H-E-B employee and customer applicants.

More than 300 people attended the 2013 Chefs for Chefs brunch for Team Emma Dirmeyer. Courtesy photo.

Chefs For Chefs: A Brunch to Help Those in Need

Earlier this week, in her article “San Antonio: Be Proud to be a ‘Big City, Small Town,” Suz Burroughs pointed out that cities like ours with a small town feel and evenly-connected human network are great at solving problems.  The theory is that together we can better communicate and coordinate through meaningful, collective action.