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GNC Employees Lose More Than 700 Pounds By Participating In The First Annual GNC Total Lean™ Corporate Challenge

PITTSBURGH, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) challenged its corporate employees in March to transform their eating, exercise and lifestyle habits for long-term healthy weight management via GNC's new Total Lean™ Corporate Challenge, 146 team members took the challenge – and lost a total of more than 700 pounds in the 12-week health and fitness contest.

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The Total Lean™ Corporate Challenge is the employee version of GNC's Total Lean™ Challenge and Sweepstakes, which gives consumers a practical way to take control of their health by offering weekly weight-loss management tools, Total Lean products, and a chance to win cash prizes along the way.

The Total Lean™ Challenge is a great introduction to GNC's Lifestyle Diet approach to weight loss, Total Lean™. Total Lean™ is a Total Diet Solution line of products for use throughout the day, including clinically proven Lean Shake™ 25, which provides more protein to feed lean muscles; Total Lean™ CLA, which supplies 1,000 mg of CLA, a naturally occurring fatty acid that helps enhance your diet, support metabolism and maintain lean muscle; and Total Lean™ Waterex™, a caffeine-free formula that is scientifically designed to help maintain and support water balance.

Tom Dowd, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and General Manager for GNC, said, "Our GNC Team Members are great brand ambassadors for GNC's 'Respect Yourself' message, which drives to the essence of what is the most powerful result when you make the choice to take care of your health and celebrate your own success in health, fitness and overall wellness. We are excited to take the Total Lean™ Challenge to other organizations to help with rising healthcare costs and improve corporate morale and image."  

He added, "GNC is extremely proud of every employee who participated in the Total Lean™ Corporate Challenge, particularly the winners. We know it wasn't easy, but we are all very proud of your dedication to health and wellness!"

Winners of the Total Lean Corporate Challenge are:

Women:
  • 1 st Place: Celina Petronzi, Beaver, PA
  • 2 nd Place: Tracey Geyer-Price, Bethel Park, PA
  • 3 rd Place: Sara Scalise, Monaca, PA

Men:
  • 1 st Place: Russell Wynn, Mauldin, SC
  • 2 nd Place: Michael Manley, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 3 rd Place: Mark Kuehl, Upper St. Clair, PA

Dowd added, "Now, we have the best Total Lean™ brand ambassadors from within our very own company and culture. We know that your new healthy habits will continue, and we will ALL work to inspire others to Live Well & Respect Themselves!"

About GNC GNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC."

As of March 31, 2013, GNC has more than 8,200 locations, of which more than 6,200 retail locations are in the United States (including 958 franchise and 2,190 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 55 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company—which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well—has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third-party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. The Company's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, GNC Total Lean™, Pro Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP and Beyond Raw®, and under nationally recognized third-party brands.

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