Central New Jersey-based The Mercadien Group recently completed its annual Mercadien Weight Loss Competition.

A wellness initiative of the group, which is comprised of six companies that offer, among other services, accounting, auditing and tax, the competition had more than 36 associate participants. Over ten weeks, those associates lost a total of 246.2 pounds, with the winning team recording a combined weight loss of 81.9 pounds (or 5.1 percent of their body weight).