According to 51-year-old Quintin Dennis, the most outrageous thing he has
every done is “get out of shape.”
Along with the 10 other active contestants of “Delmarva’s Weight
Loss Challenge,” he’s working hard to get back in shape so
that he can live a better, fuller life. Permanently disabled in 2001 due
to blindness in one eye and the loss of a foot, Dennis had the deck stacked
against him in this challenge.
But, he is holding his own and preparing for Week 9 of the challenge. With
20 pounds lost, Dennis is nearly a quarter of the way to his total weight
loss goal and is shedding the weight slowly and steadily – the best
method for long-term weight loss.
Dennis may not win the challenge, but he will be winning his battle against
obesity if he continues to use the tools this contest has given him.
“Delmarva’s Weight Loss Challenge” offers counseling
on diet and exercise to its contestants, as well as free access to Olympia
Fitness Clubs’ gym for the duration of the contest, meetings with
a personal trainer two or three times a week, and ongoing encouragement.
Tiffanee Scott, with a total weight loss of 13 percent – or 37 pounds,
is still holding first place in the competition.
“Delmarva’s Weight Loss Challenge” is sponsored by Olympia
Fitness Clubs, Healthy U, Atlantic General Hospital, ClearChannel Communications,
and area merchants. The goal of the competition is to introduce a healthy
lifestyle change to each participant as well as impact the lives of those
The 12-week competition will end on Monday, September 17. An awards ceremony
will be held at the conclusion of the Visions for Total Health Conference
on Saturday, November 3, when the dietitian who helped the nation’s
biggest losers reach their goals on NBC’s hit reality show visits
the Shore to impart her wisdom on nutrition and healthy eating.
The conference, which is hosted this year by Stephen Decatur High School
in Berlin, will include free screenings, exhibits, and 12 breakout presentations
on a wide range of health topics. The keynote address will be presented
by Cheryl Forberg, RD, highly sought-after food expert and consulting
dietitian for NBC's The Biggest Loser.
For more information about “Delmarva’s Weight Loss Challenge,”
contact Cody Mackie at Olympia Fitness Clubs at 410-543-9999.
For more information about the 2007 Visions for Total Health Conference
or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dawn Denton, Atlantic General Hospital’s
Community Education Coordinator, at 410-641-9268 or visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.