TODAY Show contributor Joy Bauer kicks off Biggest Loser contest involving more than 90 employees
White Plains, NY (February 17, 2011) – White Plains Hospital and author, nutritionist and health expert for the TODAY Show Joy Bauer this afternoon kicked off a Biggest Loser contest involving more than 90 employees working in teams of four. Modeled off the popular television show of the same name, The Biggest Loser at White Plains Hospital challenges employees to get healthy by paying attention to what they eat and how they treat their bodies.
At the kick-off, Bauer gave a nutrition presentation and then led the contestants into the Hospital’s Centennial room for their first weigh-in and body fat check. Throughout the next three months, teams will weigh in every Friday, working towards the greatest percentage of weight loss, combined. In May, the contest will come to a close and the winning team will get a three-month membership to New York Sports Clubs.
The contest is part of the Hospital’s Wellness as a Way of Life initiative, which involves healthy eating, exercising and wellness through prevention. White Plains Hospital recently underwent a comprehensive wellness assessment by Cleveland Clinic, which is known world-wide as a leader in wellness and prevention.
"White Plains Hospital has taken great strides in extending wellness programs to its employees, patients and visitors," said Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic. "We are pleased to be collaborating with a hospital that delivers innovative and meaningful programs to its community."
“At White Plains Hospital, our mission is not only to heal people when they’re sick, but to help keep them well,” said Jon B. Schandler, President and CEO, White Plains Hospital. “Our community begins with our more than 2,000 employees, and we’re thrilled that there has been so much interest in The Biggest Loser competition and our wellness programs. We are looking forward to expanding the scope and reach in the months ahead.”
For information about the Hospital Wellness as a Way of Life or go healthy! programs, please call (914) 681-1119.