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Community Slim Down Showdown winner Alison Spangler lost 48 pounds
<p> Community Slim Down Showdown winner Alison Spangler lost 48 pounds.</p>

H-E-B Names Biggest Loser

SAN ANTONIO  — Alison Spangler, a teacher here, is the $10,000 grand-prize winner of H-E-B's first-ever Community Slim Down Showdown competition.

Over the course of the 16-week contest, Spangler lost 48 pounds and dropped from a size 24 to a size 16.

“Before, I wasn’t doing anything at all. Zero. Now I exercise every day,” she said.

Spangler competed against 23 other contestants chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants. H-E-B determined the overall winner using three metrics — overall health and weight loss, participation and fan engagement.

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In addition to Spangler, Lorena Flournoy, a school social worker from Austin, Texas, won the $5,000 “fan favorite” prize for attracting the most online activity and chatter on her blog at Flournoy lost 53 pounds during the competition and garnered nearly 32,000 likes, shares and comments on her blog.

Applications for the 2013 Slim Down Showdown will be accepted through Oct. 21 at

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