Jamie Wooton
“I made my health a priority, and made the lifestyle changes necessary to reach
my goal.”
Jamie Wooton
Financial Analyst
Charlotte, N.C.
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Living it: Weight watcher at work

Jamie Wooton is less of a person than she was three years ago.

That’s no reflection on her character, or her performance as a lead financial analyst in Duke Energy’s Customer Services Finance group.

It is a testament to her perseverance, and her commitment to a healthy lifestyle change.

Wooton’s story is not uncommon. She began gaining weight in middle school, and says she was “morbidly obese” by high school. At one point, she weighed 350 pounds.

She joined Weight Watchers®, but wasn’t successful in keeping the pounds off. It took Duke Energy’s Weight Watchers @ Work program to motivate her to get back on track in 2010.

Since then, Wooton has lost 156 pounds — from her heaviest weight, she lost 170 pounds.

“The company’s support was a huge motivator,” said Wooton. “I also got to know other employees dealing with the same struggles. Reimbursement was an added bonus.” Duke Energy pays a major portion of Weight Watchers dues for employees who meet the attendance criteria.

She reached her weight loss goal in 2012, and is now a Lifetime member and maintaining her weight.

“Weight Watchers gave me the tools, but the biggest reason for my success is a change in attitude,” said Wooton. “I made my health a priority, and made the lifestyle changes necessary to reach my goal.

“I hope sharing my story will inspire others. If I can do it, you can do it!”

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Challenges
  • Improve employee and contractor safety, especially in light of worker fatalities in 2012 and early 2013
  • Build a culture of health to improve the well-being of our employees
  • Improve diversity and effectively manage a multi-generational workforce
Opportunities
  • Maintain our strong reputation as a preferred employer
  • Continue to partner with colleges and universities to build a pipeline of talent
  • Selectively hire top talent and effectively transfer knowledge and skills as baby boomers retire
2012 Highlights
  • Achieved the best employee safety Total Incident Case Rate in company history, a 29 percent decrease from 2009
  • Maintained high management and employee engagement post-merger, as measured by favorable scores on survey questions
  • Expanded the Sustainability Corps by offering customized workshops for front-line employees in field locations, such as power plants