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SOURCE Nestle Health Science
Patients and Healthcare Professionals from California, Illinois, Minnesota and New Jersey Honored for Devotion to Healthy Lifestyles
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nestle Health Science today announced the winners of the fifth annual OPTIFAST® "New You" weight loss contest. Three OPTIFAST patients, whose combined weight loss totals more than 282 pounds*, will receive an all-expense-paid getaway trip this summer for a weekend of rejuvenation in recognition of their dedication to long-term weight loss management. Their deeply moving stories, ranging from a battle with cancer to making overall lifestyle changes for the peace of mind of their families, inspired the "New You" judges throughout the contest period.
In addition, three outstanding OPTIFAST healthcare professionals will be honored with the OPTIFAST Inspire Award for their commitment to helping patients lose weight and engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors.
"In less than 40 years, the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has increased by over 50%. The reality is that two out of every three American adults are now overweight or obese," said Maureen Monahan, director and general manager for the U.S. OPTIFAST business. "We're striving to create a healthier reality so these figures will change. This year's 'New You' weight loss contest winners and Inspire Award recipients show us that reality is achievable through OPTIFAST."
The 2014 OPTIFAST "New You" weight loss contest patient winners are:
The 2014 OPTIFAST Inspire Award recipients are:
"Time and time again, patients talk about the impact their healthcare provider has had on their weight loss journey," said Dr. Jamy Ard, co-director of the Wake Forest Baptist Health Weight Management Center and medical director for OPTIFAST. "Dr. Auriemma, Janine DiGiacomo and Nurse Denlinger not only motivate their patients to get healthy; they also encourage other healthcare professionals to become true partners with their patients as they strive to build their new lifestyles."
To view the contest winners' before and after pictures and learn more about these healthcare professionals, visit www.OPTIFAST.com.
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, visit www.OPTIFAST.com.
About Nestle Health Science
Nestle Health Science, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestle, has an ever developing innovative portfolio of nutritional therapies, supported variously by proprietary diagnostics and devices, targeted towards the Vital Support areas of aging and critical/intensive care, as well as Gastrointestinal, Brain, Metabolic and Consumer Health, changing the way patients and healthcare professionals approach the management of health. Nestle Health Science employs around 3,500 people worldwide and has its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.NestleHealthScience.us.
*The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary. For more information, please visit www.OPTIFAST.com.
 "Obesity in America: What's Driving the Epidemic?." MSN Healthy Living. n.p. Web. n.d. <http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/obesity-in-america-whats-driving-the-epidemic-1>
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Ashley Dos Santos
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