Patients and Clinicians from California, North Carolina, Seattle and Philadelphia Rewarded for Dedication to Healthy Living
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nestle HealthCare Nutrition today announced the winners of the second annual OPTIFAST® "New You" weight loss contest.
"The positive changes that these patients have made to improve their long-term health are truly inspiring," said Bill Kesting, Director and General Manager for OPTIFAST. "We are delighted to recognize them for their determination, dedication and success."
With 65 percent, or 200 million, Americans overweight and nearly one-in-three clinically obese (approximately 72 million),(1) the OPTIFAST "New You" weight loss contest recognizes OPTIFAST patients who achieve their weight loss goals and the medical professionals who helped them get there. [(1) Ogden CL, Carroll MD, McDowell MA, Flegal KM. Obesity among adults in the United States— no change since 2003–2004. NCHS data brief no 1. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2007 http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/index.html]
The 2011 "New You" OPTIFAST contest patient winners are as follows. To view their before and after pictures, visit OPTIFAST.com
The OPTIFAST Inspire Award recipients are as follows. To learn more about these health care professionals, visit OPTIFAST.com.
"The support that these exceptional medical professionals provide is an integral part of their patients' weight loss successes," said Dr. Jamy Ard, Medical Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Eat Right Weight Management Services and Medical Director for OPTIFAST. "We want to take the time to recognize the importance of the role they play in inspiring patients to adopt a lifelong habit of health. Ultimately, they are changing and saving lives."
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 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 HealthCare Nutrition. For more information, to see patient stories and to find a clinic, visit www.optifast.com.
About Nestle Health Science
Nestle Health Science, through its Nestle HealthCare Nutrition business, 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., has become operational on January 1, 2011 and has worldwide headquarters in Lutry (Switzerland). For more information, visit www.nestlehealthscience.com.
*The typical OPTIFAST patient loses 52 pounds in 22 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary. For more information, please visit www.optifast.com.
SOURCE Nestle Health Science
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