2013 OPTIFAST(R) "New You" Weight Loss Competition Announced
Contest to Recognize Patients and Medical Professionals
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Health Science today
announced the launch of the fourth annual OPTIFAST^® "New You" weight loss
contest designed to recognize the pursuit of and dedication to weight loss by
patients and medical professionals.
Each new year, millions of Americans make a New Year's resolution to improve
their health through weight loss. With more than one third of American adults
(35.7 percent) obese,[i] the OPTIFAST "New You" weight loss contest celebrates
OPTIFAST patients who achieve their weight loss goals and the medical
professionals who helped them get there.
In 2012, the OPTIFAST "New You" contest named three Grand Prize winners who
collectively lost nearly 350 pounds and made long-term lifestyle changes to
help maintain the weight loss.* Through the OPTIFAST Inspire Award, the
contest also honored two outstanding health care practitioners for their
dedication and passion to helping patients lose weight and maintain a healthy
"As the rates of obesity increase in this country, it is inspiring to see the
thousands of patients who turn to the OPTIFAST Program to transform their
lives," said Maureen Monahan, director and general manager for the U.S.
OPTIFAST business. "Many weight loss programs and contests celebrate only
modest weight loss; however, through the OPTIFAST Program patients make
dramatic strides towards living happier and healthier lives."
The 2013 contest will recognize three patients and their guests with a trip to
New York City for a three-night getaway that includes a spa package makeover
and $500 shopping spree. Up to three medical professionals will be recognized
with the OPTIFAST Inspire Award for the integral role they play in their
patients' weight loss journeys.
"People who are overweight or obese are at high risk for a variety of
life-threatening diseases and it is the responsibility of medical
professionals to help people return to a healthy weight. Through a holistic
program, like OPTIFAST, the patient not only receives medical support, but is
also counseled, educated and taught the best ways to approach food. The
OPTIFAST Program has helped more than one million people affected by obesity
over the last 35 years,"[ii] said Jamy Ard, M.D., associate professor in the
Department of Epidemiology and Prevention and the Department of Medicine at
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and medical director for the
To participate, applicants must submit an application and a 500-word (or less)
essay describing their journey with the OPTIFAST Program. Applications may be
submitted electronically, via fax or by mail and must be postmarked or
time-stamped no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on April 1, 2013. Visit
www.OPTIFAST.com to download an application and obtain contest rules and
OPTIFAST was developed in 1974 to fill the growing need to address obesity in
a healthy, effective way. As diseases related to obesity became more
prevalent, and more people began taking drastic measures to treat the problem,
OPTIFAST was introduced as a sensible option for lifestyle transformation. The
program combines support and counseling, lifestyle education, and medical
monitoring with meal replacements to help people lose weight which can, in
turn, reduce weight-related health risks. A team of dedicated medical
professionals provide support. The OPTIFAST Program is available in over 400
clinics nationwide. OPTIFAST is a business segment within Nestle Health
Science. For more information, to see patient stories and to find a clinic,
About Nestle Health Science
Nestle Health Science offers nutritional solutions for people with specific
dietary needs related to illnesses, disease states or the special challenges
of different life stages. Nestle Health Science, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Nestle S.A., became operational on January 1, 2011 and has worldwide
headquarters in Lutry, Switzerland.
*The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many
dieters, weight loss is temporary.
[i] Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the
United States, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief, no 82. Hyattsville, MD: National
Center for Health Statistics. 2012.
[ii] Nestle HealthCare Nutrition National Database, 1997, data on file Nestle
SOURCE Nestle Health Science
Contact: Mary Wade, Nestle Health Science, +1-612-384-8484,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jennifer Crawford, MSL Washington DC,
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