One Step Stories

Real People. Real Stories. Real Inspiration.

 

one-step-story-winnersMaking the Whirlpool Corporation family healthier. Making our homes happier. And making the world a better place.

We believe that the journeys we’ve taken to where we are today have the power to touch people in ways that we may not realize. We believe that sometimes the only way to move forward is knowing that someone else has already blazed a trail. We believe that stories matter.

That’s why Whirlpool is making stories the centerpiece of our culture of wellness. Our employees have shared their stories with us and now we’re excited to make four of them into inspirational films. These people have taken a step to change their lives and are now ready to share that with you. We’re pleased to introduce you to the winners of our One Step Story Contest. Read them and be inspired.

WATCH THE WINNING STORY FILMS!

Brianna Drew

Tulsa, OK

Her story is about dramatic weight loss and self-discovery. It’s a story she keeps writing, every day.

Read Her Story >>>

Don Wilson

St. Joseph, MI

One day as he watched other people finish a race, he made a dramatic decision to run a triathlon. The result is a story that is both inspirational and amazing.

Read His Story >>>

Lori Khan

Benton Harbor, MI

When she finally learned to invest in herself, she began the long-term, sustainable steps that continue to improve her weight, her health—her life.

Read Her Story >>>

Stanley Niedbalski

Clyde, OH

His story took a critical turn when he chose to stop the unhealthy cycle—a step that enabled him to find new purpose in his life.

Read His Story >>>

OUR INCREDIBLE EMPLOYEE STORIES

The stories our employees have submitted are inspiring and motivating. We’ve given you a preview of their stories below and encourage you to read them, be inspired, and share them to encourage others.

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Al Inkrott

Ottawa, OH

The picture of myself was disgusting. I needed to do something now.

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Betsy Biehler

Clyde, OH

I smoked for 15 years. Until I saw the prom queen with the breathing tube.

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Douglas Bowling

Marion, OH

With my health deteriorating, I decided to “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

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Eric O’Grey

Benton Harbor, MI

After my life transformation, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.

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Jan Coy

St. Joseph, MI

In the past year, I have lost more than 100 pounds.

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Jerry McBride

Marion, OH

After years of not taking care of myself, it was time to make drastic changes.

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Maureen Ovington

Benton Harbor, MI

I had to make a change because I wanted to learn how to feel good about myself.

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Nick Vaive

Benton Harbor, MI

I was looking at an entirely different person in the mirror.

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Rick Pritt

Marion, OH

I quit smoking and quit drinking alcohol.  Now, I have more energy.

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Stacey Archer

Benton Harbor, MI

I realized I needed to get fit and learn to eat right while traveling for Whirlpool.

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William Snell

St. Joseph, MI

Everything changed after I went in for a physical and found out what those numbers meant for me.

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Amanda Fitzner

Benton Harbor, MI

One day I heard my children say “my cigarette”. That was it! I was done!

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Brenda Holmes

Marion, OH

I made up my mind. I couldn’t just talk about it, I had to do it.

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Freddy Baker

Cleveland Manufacturing, TN

I overcame tobacco use, gave up caffeine and got physically fit.

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Jacob Miller

Amana, IA

I wasn’t very happy with the way I had led my life since high school.

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Jason Ringman

St. Joseph, MI

I was dead for about 3.5 minutes.
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Jessica Gardner

St. Joseph, MI

I couldn’t pick up my kids or lift a gallon of milk. I was furious and frustrated.

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Megan Hyman

Ottawa, OH

I was just going through the motions of life.

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Patricia Davis

Benton Harbor, MI

I made a lifestyle change that I could keep.

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Sam Haughn

Marion, OH

A miracle cured my smoking habit. I never thought anything would stop me.

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Tim Moore

Amana, IA

My coach helped me change a habit I had for a quarter of a century.

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Ashley Hampton

Benton Harbor, MI

I decided to make some healthier choices and get back to the old me.

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Debra Latham

Findlay, OH

After my husband’s death, I learned I needed to take life one step at a time.

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Heath Culpepper

Cleveland Manufacturing, TN

The scale said 326 lbs. I knew I had to make a change.

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James Thompson

Marion, OH

I could not even walk into work without stopping three times.

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Jeff Madden

Clyde, OH

I was told I had six months to a year to live. More than a year ago.

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Kimmie Schlaack

St. Joseph, MI

I didn’t want to be the grandma with the oxygen tank.

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Mike Newbern

Marion, OH

I decided to take back my health.

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Paul Rogers

Clyde, OH

I gave up chewing tobacco and smoking. I wanted to be around for my family.

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Shannon Brookshire

Cleveland Call Center, TN

I was tired of being sick, tired with no energy, so I decided to make a change.

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Tim Warren

Clyde, OH

I smoked 1-2 packs a day and thought I was invincible and could quit whenever I wanted.

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MEET GIGI


Gigi thought she was going to die. She didn’t know what to do. Then she went to a Whirlpool Corporation health fair and that one step changed her life.

MEET STEVE


When Steve lost all hope, Whirlpool Corporation was there, and they have been there through the good times and the bad times.

FEELING INSPIRED? US TOO.

At Whirlpool Corporation, we’re committed to keeping each other healthy, happy, and strong. Because we depend on each other. Because we care. Because we want to make sure that each and every one of our employees is around for a long, long time to enjoy the moments that matter.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The Whirlpool Corporation OneStepStories.Com Contest entry period starts 2/8//16 at 12:00 AM ET and ends 4/4/16 at 11:59:59 PM ET. The Contest is offered only to Sponsor’s good-standing full and part-time employees, temporary workforce members and independent contractors and their respective spouses/dependents who are legal residents of 50 US/DC/PR, and are at least 18 years old or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited.  Sponsor: Whirlpool Corporation.