Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Everyone was a true winner in Largest Loser

The results are in : The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven’s Largest Loser Contest took 500 pounds off contestants after two months of workout sessions five times per week, personal training, nutrition counseling, team competitions and weekly weigh-ins.

Crystal Dunbar of Woodbridge. shown top photo, center, was crowned the Largest Loser on June 29, having lost 38.8 pounds and 18.7% of total body weight. She was awarded a Lifetime Membership to the JCC. Shown with Dunbar are
personal trainer Mark Modine and JCC Personal trainer Erika Shea

Following the basic concept of TV’s “Biggest Loser,” the JCC’s Largest Loser was a healthy, competitive challenge that encouraged participants to lose weight through exercise and healthy eating, guided by on-staff JCC experts such as personal trainers and a registered dietitian, JCC officials said.

Alongside the two competing main teams was the Fitness Director’s Shadow Team, recruited so that anyone who wanted to do so could have the opportunity to get both healthier and more fit.

The Blue Team lost a total of 222.8 pounds; the Red Team is 151.8 pounds lighter, and the Shadow Team dropped 118.2 pounds. All Blue team members received makeovers from Progressions Salon, 214 Amity Road, Woodbridge.

Paul Proto of Wallingford said “this was much more than a competition. It was a life-changing experience. I have new habits, new routines, new friends.”

Nancy Sodhoff of Bethany is “a stronger, more confident person…this was the most uplifting experience. Everyone at the JCC and the team especially was so supportive.” And finally, in the words of Mike Morris of Bethany, “being able to have a team of well-spirited people that care for each other, work together with two great coaches creates the excitement and personal energy to make a difference.”

The contest was made possible through support of contest sponsors Subway, Levey Miller Maretz Commercial Realtors, Freeman Group Northwest Mutual Financial Network, and Cherry Hill Construction Co., Inc. Contestants were treated to a celebratory final party at The Fan Restaurant and Sportsbar in Woodbridge .
The program was so successful that the JCC will roll out Largest Loser II in January 2009. Pre-applications are already being accepted. Interested applicants can call Susan Donovan, JCC Director of Group Fitness and Development, at (203) 387-2522, ex. 265, or download an application online at The JCC is at 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge .

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