Discovery Health's NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE Weighs in for a Sixth Season, Urging Americans to Break up With Bad Habits

Friday, December 12, 2008 General News
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SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 12 Breaking up is hardto do-but with the sixth annual NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE, Discovery Healtheases the transition with all of the tools to help Americans ditch their badhabits and gain a healthier lifestyle in 2009. America's largest and mostcomprehensive multiplatform fitness and weight loss initiative, NATIONAL BODYCHALLENGE, once again provides participants unprecedented resources andsupport -- online, on television and beyond -- for getting into shape,entirely free of charge. Registration for the eight-week challenge beginsDecember 29, 2008, at -- and on January 5-9, DiscoveryHealth airs the inspirational NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE programming special, afive-part competition series that promises to keep participants motivated andon track to achieve their goals.

For a sneak peek of NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE click on the following link:

Emotions run high during the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE competition series, aweeklong programming event airing January 5-9 at 8 PM (ET/PT) on DiscoveryHealth. This year's Challenge features two competing teams, each consistingof three severely overweight individuals, as they struggle to lose weight andregain their lives. Led by health and fitness expert Dr. Lydie Hazan, alongwith personal trainers from Bally Total Fitness(R), a nutrition consultant anda therapist, the participants are put on comprehensive diet and exercise plansand have just six months to trade in a lifetime of bad habits with a healthynew way of living.

This year's NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE contestants are a diverse group,ranging from a partying musician to an athlete-turned-couch-potato to adecadent chef. Throughout the exhausting boot-camp workouts and toughnutritional challenges, viewers will see friendships forged, setbacks sharedand milestones conquered. When the six months of sweat, tears, celebrationand confrontation conclude, the team that lost the greatest percentage of bodyweight will take home the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE grand prize -- and win backthe healthy person inside them.

The heart of the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE is its online home The all-inclusive free site offers the followinginvaluable tools and information designed to guide participants to successeach step of the way:

-- A free 30-day pass to Bally Total Fitness(R) available beginningDecember 29, good for use at any of the health club's over 300 locationsnationwide beginning January 3, 2009*

-- Access to customizable meal and fitness plans and personalized weightand fitness trackers

-- More than 1,000 healthy recipes and meal plans provided by Eating Well

-- Extensive information and video content from renowned experts,including health and fitness expert Dr. Pamela Peeke and fitness guru Gilad

-- Community tools, including user-generated blogs, message boards andregular chat sessions providing 24/7 support from successful Challengers andexperts

Participants can get moving with NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE anytime withDiscovery Health's video on demand and mobile phone offerings, where they'llfind motivational and informational programs and tips focused on nutrition,weight loss and exercise.

In addition to the interactive elements and television component, onJanuary 10 and 11, the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE hits the road to bring the funand excitement to residents of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/New Jersey.Discovery Health will be invading local malls to make sure that people arestarting 2009 right. Each location will feature NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGEexperts and fitness leaders offering tips, leading demos and firing up thecrowds, as well as free goodies (while supplies last) and prizes for the wholefamily. For more information on events in these markets, please

NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE is made possible by Carnation(R) InstantBreakfast(R) Complete Nutritional Drink, JELL-O pudding and gelatin and BallyTotal Fitness(R).

LMNO Productions, Inc., produces the NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE series onbehalf of Discovery Health. Eric Schotz and Kathy Williamson serve asexecutive producers for LMNO Productions, Inc. Executive producer forDiscovery Health is Lisa Lucas.

* Bally Pass: No purchase necessary. Certain other restrictions mayapply. Additional charges for some services. Bally terms and conditionsapply. To redeem 30-day Bally Total Fitness membership, must be U.S. citizen,at least 18 and not a current member. 30-day pass is available to downloadonly from 12/29/08 until 1/16/09 at 11:59 p.m. and is effective from 1/3/09through 3/8/09 only. See for full terms and conditions.

About Discovery Health

Discovery Health Media includes the Discovery Health and FitTV televisionnetworks and online assets including, as well as itsContinuing Medical Education (CME) business and Discovery's first stand-aloneVOD service, Discovery Health On-Call. Discovery Health Media is part ofDiscovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISAD, DISBD, DISCK), the world's number onenonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribersin over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world andsatisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by DiscoveryChannel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, InvestigationDiscovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational productsand services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services For more information, please

NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE hi-res photography is available

SOURCE Discovery Health

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