Get ready, Bucks County! It's time to work off all of those summertime splurges.  And this September, you have an extra incentive to get back in shape! The Bucks Biggest Weight Loss Challenge Contest is back at the Newtown Athletic Club with Refresh Wellness beginning September 15, 2014.

Here's how it works:

The contest will last for 12 weeks and employs several components to successful weight loss, including monitoring of vital signs and wellness throughout the contest, one on one counseling that includes meal planning, workouts, hydration, and medical troubleshooting. Plus, contestants will gain support from group workouts, contests to sustain motivation, a 60 day membership to the Newtown Athletic Club, and a recipe blog with tips and workout suggestions.

Contestants do not have to be members of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) to participate. The total cost of the program begins at $400, and enrollment happens at Refresh Wellness, which is located inside the NAC. A grand prize valued at over $2,000 will be awarded to the contestant who loses the highest percentage of weight during the 90-day contest. Second place prizes will also be awarded, as well as additional prizes to be announced during the contest.

Dr. Lori Gerber, Board Certified Physician, will oversee the program. A Langhorne native, Dr. Gerber is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Family Physicians. She graduated from the University of Delaware and received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She provides clients with a personalized treatment plan and helps to improve the health and wellness of her patients, inside and out. This program is one of the only programs in the area that gives participants access to professionals in nutrition and exercise to help put participants on the path to weight loss success. According to Dr. Gerber, the community and family atmosphere of past challenges has helped them have a very high success rate, because everyone is doing it together.

Weight loss has been proven to lower risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and breathing problems and helps to control many non-genetic health concerns. But Dr. Gerber and the other professionals running the contest understand that losing weight is easier said than done. That is why the program combines exercise and nutritional instruction with medical counseling and group activities, to create camaraderie and motivation to feel and be your best. For more information, contact Refresh at the Newtown Athletic Club at (215) 968-3057 or email Dr. Gerber at [email protected]


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