Do You Think You Are Up For The Challenge?


CoverImageSo how are those New Year's resolutions working out for you?

Surely by now you signed up for that business class, implemented a new household budget and logged some volunteer hours.

Not so much? Then maybe we shouldn't ask about your plans for losing weight this year. It's probably a safe bet you haven't had much success there either.

Yeah - same here. The only consolation is that we're not alone. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only eight percent of people who make New Year's resolutions are successful in achieving them. And it's a bit disheartening to be among the 92 percenters.

But all joking aside, being overweight or obese puts you at serious risk for a litany of health problems including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer. Carrying too much weight can literally kill you.

Let's do something about it.

This magazine's middle name is "Healthy Living," and over the years we've lived up to it by aligning our publication with some of the most respected medical, nutritional and fitness professionals in Central Florida. Now a group of them are coming together to help two readers reach their weight-loss and fitness goals in a 12-month campaign we're calling Take The Challenge weight-loss campaign.

The initiative is dedicated to promoting healthy weight loss, effective exercise and sound eating habits throughout the community. We are looking for two ambassadors to represent and lead our audience to a healthy lifestyle. Candidates should be 100 pounds or more overweight and live in Central Florida. Our team of professionals will choose one man and one woman as the official ambassadors.

Our ambassadors will have all the support they need to succeed with the three essential components of weight loss: nutrition, exercise and psychology. You can read more about those topics elsewhere in this issue, along with profiles on the team members who will help the ambassadors achieve their goals:

  • Ariel Hernandez: Master Pilates Instructor / Personal Trainer; owner of Fusion Fitness
  • Peter Robaina: Mater Pilates Instructor / Personal Trainer
  • Shannon Kidwell: Personal Chef / Fitness Trainer; author of Fit with Flavor: Your Guide to the Freshitarian Lifestyle‬
  • Dr. Kristina Berger: Family Physician with the Florida Hospital Medical Group
  • Dr. Celine Passeri: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Terri Terry: Dietitian with Florida Hospital's Center for Nutritional Excellence

You can follow the progress of the ambassadors through updates in the magazine, as well as on our website and blog, Facebook page ( and Twitter feed ( Our Take The Challenge weight-loss campaign isn't just for the two people we put in the spotlight. We want the whole community to be involved. Feel free to share stories about your own weight-loss effort, and to cheer on our ambassadors.

During the year, if weight-loss goals are met, the transformed ambassadors will be treated to gifts from our sponsors including excess skin removal/body contouring surgery from the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery and new glasses from Logan Eye Care. The contest will end in June 2014.

TTCLogoCONGRATULATIONS goes to EMILY EDWARDS & JOHN MCGIVERN, our new Challenge Ambassadors! You have a life-changing year ahead of you!

Entry dates: April 1 – 30, 2013

Ambassadors announced on the website: May 5, 2013

Contest dates: June 1, 2013 – June 1, 2014

Contest Rules

Credits: Written by John Terry; Illustrations by Jim Caputo

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