Record Number Of Entries For Weight Watchers Annual Success Story Contest Share Inspirational Stories Of Transformation

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Three Grand Prize Winners Enjoy One-on-One Styling Session with Jennifer Hudson
And Experience the Ultimate New Year's Eve in New York City
NEW YORK,  Jan. 2, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- As Weight Watchers International, Inc.
(NYSE: WTW) welcomes 2013 and celebrates 50 years of success, the world's
leading provider of weight management services announces three grand prize
winners of the  Weight Watchers Celebrate Success Contest: Pete Fintak of Manga,
 Utah;  Michaela Martin  of  Jacksonville, Florida; and  Robin Wahl  of 
Sicklerville, New Jersey.  Together this inspirational trio, along with 100
first prize winners, lost more than 8,600 pounds. Winners were selected by
Weight Watchers from a record-number of more than 4,500 entries, nationwide. 
One of the three grand prize winners was chosen from 10 finalists by Weight
Watchers  Facebook community.  

Prizes and Surprises  

The three grand prize winners enjoyed a  $2,500  shopping spree and a trip for
two to  New York City  to celebrate  New Year's Eve  in Times Square and appear
on  Dick Clark's  New Year's  Rockin' Eve with  Ryan Seacrest  on ABC.  Weight
Watchers Ambassador  Jennifer Hudson  also surprised the winners with a special
one-on-one styling session with her Creative Director  Eric Archibald  on the
set of her newest Weight Watchers commercial where they swapped stories about
how the program and their weight losses have changed their lives.  

The 100 first-prize winners each received a gift card.  Seven of the contest
winners were also cast in Weight Watchers TV commercials that will be featured
in the "Expect Amazing" Campaign.   

Inspiring Stories of the Grand Prize Winners

The three grand prize winners speak passionately about their Weight Watchers
experience, noting how their lives "switched on" as the weight came off, and how
they each have newfound confidence in themselves, pride in their appearance,
energy to do what they love, and commitment to helping others transform their

"I'm in better shape than I've been in 16 years," says 37 year old  Peter Fintak
 of Manga,  Utah, an IT manager and National Guard musician, who lost 69 pounds
as a Weight Watchers Online subscriber. After seeing a photo of himself on the
beach playing with his son, he wondered "Who is that fat guy?" and immediately
decided it was time to develop a healthier lifestyle, giving him more energy to
play with his son, and rock on stage.

Robin Wahl, a 40 year old paramedic from  Sicklerville, New Jersey, used to stay
alert through her graveyard shift with frequent stops for candy, chips and
cigarettes at the convenience store, which she says lead to her weight gain and
taking five cholesterol medications a day.  After attending Weight Watchers
meetings and losing 70 pounds, Robin says her blood pressure and cholesterol are
normal, she's stopped smoking, and is now an avid runner currently training for
an Ironman Triathlon.

Selected as a grand prize winner by Weight Watchers Facebook fans,26 year
oldMichaela Martin, a medical student from  Jacksonville, Florida, signed up for
Weight Watchers Online after being diagnosed with hypertension and Type 2
diabetes when she was just 22 years old. Committed to revamping her lifestyle,
and becoming a role model for her future patients, Michaela lost 35 pounds on
the plan while making smarter eating choices and developing healthier habits and
routines.  Today, the future doctor says her blood pressure is within a normal
range and she is free of all diabetes medication.     

"We hear inspiring stories from our members and Weight Watchers Online
subscribers every day, and the achievements of our contest winners are nothing
short of amazing," said  Cheryl Callan, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Weight
Watchers North America.  "Each of these individuals has demonstrated an
extraordinary commitment to changing their lifestyles for the better - in turn,
they've achieved incredible results and inspired others to make a change -
something we're very proud to celebrate."

To share their incredible success and continue to inspire others, the grand
prize winners will be featured on with personal profiles and
before and after photos. Several contest winners, including grand prize winners 
Pete Fintak  and  Robin Wahl  will be featured in national TV advertising, as
well as an intimate social media campaign, the "I'm Only Human and I Did It
Project," a series of moving accounts of Weight Watchers members and Online
Subscribers conquering fear, never giving up, and finding a new belief in

About Weight Watchers International, Inc.  

Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world's leading provider of weight
management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and
franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds over 45,000 meetings each week where
members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns, behavior
modification and physical activity. provides innovative,
subscription weight management products over the Internet and is the leading
Internet-based weight management provider in the world. In addition, Weight
Watchers offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those
interested in weight loss and weight control.

SOURCE  Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Kristi Widmar, Weight Watchers, +1-212-589-2786,
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