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Biggest Loser trainers together again

- November 17th, 2011

No, Jillian Michaels hasn’t returned to The Biggest Loser.

But she and fellow celeb trainer Bob Harper did get a chance to work together again in front of the camera — although it appears Michaels did most of the grunt work.

The sweaty reunion, which took place on the CBS show The Doctors (co-hosted by Michaels), airs today.

For more info (and a couple of photos), here’s the press release:

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Left to right: Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Dr. Travis Stork (Courtesy “CBS Television Distribution/Stage 29 Productions”)

THE DOCTORS’ JILLIAN MICHAELS REUNITES WITH FORMER CO-HOST BOB HARPER

Shares Tips on “How to Get Your Body Back”

HOLLYWOOD — In their first TV reunion since The Biggest Loser, THE DOCTORS co-host Jillian Michaels welcomes her former co-host Bob Harper to the Emmy Award-winning syndicated series to show viewers “How to Get Your Body Back” in shape using the latest fitness trend: CrossFit.

On Thursday, Nov. 17 (check local listings for airtimes), Bob pits Jillian against Dr. Travis for the ultimate in-studio strength and endurance fitness challenge. Tune in to see who wins THE DOCTORS’ very own CrossFit challenge, and check out these teasers for your readers:

Benefits of CrossFit

• Smart and functional

• Can be done anywhere and in a short amount of time

• Pushes people to their limits, much like a workout with Jillian or Bob

THE DOCTORS CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day)

• Box Jumps – 30 seconds

• Sumo Deadlift High Pole – 30 seconds

• Push Press – 30 seconds

• Ball Slams – 30 seconds

Should be repeated six times.

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Left to right: Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, Dr. Travis Stork (Courtesy “CBS Television Distribution/Stage 29 Productions”)

Also, don’t miss out on:

• Three spices that can boost the immune system during cold and flu season.

• Three easy ways to rev sex drive.

• A new treatment that promotes collagen growth and erases Crow’s Feet almost instantaneously.

• And, a heart-warming story about Gracie, a brave young girl who had reconstructive surgery on her facial nerves after suffering from paralysis due to a Grand mal seizure.  Does she “regain her smile?”  Tune in to find out.

For more info, visit www.thedoctorstv.com.

 

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Biggest Loser contestants to use new fitness gadget

- September 4th, 2011

M@_BlackAn innovative fitness gadget from Canadian-based MYTRAK Health System Inc., is set to figure prominently on The Biggest Loser reality TV series. Here’s the press release.

One Step Closer to a Healthier North America

MYTRAK, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and Reveille to launch The Biggest Loser Slim Coach System

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RENO, NEVADA/TORONTO — When the hit NBC reality TV series “The Biggest Loser” returns this fall, the contestants will have a new tool to help them reach their weight loss goals. They will be furnished with The Biggest Loser Slim Coach, which utilizes the MYTRAK Health platform to track movement, exertion and calorie burn, allowing the user to monitor their physical activity throughout the day. This revolutionary technology will be available to show contestants and people all across North America, allowing them to compare their activity levels to the show’s contestants, as well as those of their friends and families, seamlessly, from home.

The Biggest Loser Slim Coach powered by MYTRAK is a device that can be worn every day to track physical activity while at home, at work, on the go, as well as at any fitness club automated by MYTRAK. Upon purchasing Slim Coach and subscribing to MYTRAK’s online Clubhouse, users are assigned a lifestyle advisor to assist them in setting up their program to get them started on a new path to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

“The Slim Coach provides the most comprehensive, accurate and advanced physical activity tracker available, with tools to plan and track your health and fitness progress,” said Kim Niemi, senior vice president, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. “Whether you want to lose weight or achieve new fitness goals, The Slim Coach helps you succeed.”

“MYTRAK will take the technology capabilities of life on the ranch to the next level, improving and refining the way the contestants and trainers track caloric burn, plan workouts, motivate to reach daily and long term goals and support living and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle,” said Chad Bennett, vice president, brand development and production, Reveille. “Our partnership with MYTRAK will ensure that the show remains at the forefront of health-monitoring technology and provides the same tools to the viewer at home that they see on the show.”

“The Slim Coach is just like having a personal trainer with you all day long,” said Reed Hanoun, president and CEO of MYTRAK Health System Inc. “It will motivate and drive you to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. It can be customized to your goals, offering you instant feedback and expert guidance. It is a formula for success.”

The Biggest Loser Slim Coach is licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. The deal was brokered by Better Work, Inc. and Ladder Up Media.

About The Biggest Loser Slim Coach powered by MYTRAK
The Slim Coach is an adaptive, intelligent feedback computer that is worn every day, analyzing your activity with a set of sophisticated sensors that measure the intensity of your active life and calculates the energy burn to your personal biometrics. The red, yellow and green lights form a Health Circle in the middle of the Slim Coach providing instant feedback on your daily movements and whether you are on pace to reach your targets. At the press of a button, users can obtain data on the calories burned that day and how many more are required to stay on track.

The device also communicates seamlessly with a user’s computer and a comprehensive online support network.  Data about your daily activity is uploaded to the personalized The Biggest Loser Slim Coach Dashboard, which charts your progress, keeping you motivated and on track.

About MYTRAK
MYTRAK Health System Inc. is a leading provider of innovative technology-based solutions that help people meet their everyday fitness goals. Offering a lifestyle, health and wellness, and weight loss solution, MYTRAK combines consumer-friendly technology, with a team of lifestyle program advisors and community based support. MYTRAK’s broad-based and customizable solutions help to motivate and encourage activity throughout the day. MYTRAK also provides an automated platform system specific to health and wellness focused organizations, including fitness providers, wellness organizations, employers, physicians and insurers. Based on the concept of fitness as preventative medicine, MYTRAK has helped more than 1 million people worldwide define and reach their fitness goals.

For more info, visit www.MYTRAK.com.

About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBCUniversal Online Store. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at nbcuconsumerproducts.com.

About Reveille
Reveille is part of the Shine Group, one of the world’s foremost multinational entertainment and drama companies. A leading independent studio focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights in scripted and unscripted television and digital entertainment, Reveille is also a world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Through its distribution arm, Shine International, Reveille distributes its extensive library of programming to more than 150 countries.

About “The Biggest Loser”
“The Biggest Loser” airs on NBC Tuesdays at 8 pm (ET). The first reality series where everybody “loses,” “The Biggest Loser” challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Hosted by Alison Sweeney, the series provides the contestants with challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations until the final contestant remains to claim the title of “The Biggest Loser.” For season 12, contestants work out under the supervision of professional trainers Bob Harper, Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince. “The Biggest Loser” is a production of Reveille and 25/7 Productions. Check out www.biggestloser.com for more information.

About Better Work, Inc.
Better Work, Inc. strikes deals between product companies and highly successful entertainment properties and personalities.

About Ladder Up Media
Ladder Up Media is an industry leader in sourcing, creating, and executing brand integration, sponsorship, and licensed product/promotion deals for major network television properties.

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Prevention announces Healthy TV Awards

- August 12th, 2011

OK, so we all know watching too much TV is unhealthy.

But there are several shows that pack a healthy punch — and they deserve to be recognized.

Introducing Prevention magazine‘s inaugural Healthy TV Awards.

The mag chose a lineup of “shows that deliver the best messages and role models for a healthier lifestyle.”

prevention-healthy-tv-awards-0911-298x232Here are some of the Healthy TV Winners:

• NBC’s The Biggest Loser

• NBC’s Parks and Recreation

• ABC’s Dancing With the Stars

• Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance

Click HERE for all of the shows singled out by Prevention.

What are some of your favourite health-and-fitness-related shows?

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Michaels offers Congress advice on trimming fat budget deficit

- August 2nd, 2011

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Fitness expert Jillian Michaels has a healthy cure for the U.S. deficit/debt crisis.

The star of TV’s The Doctors and The Biggest Loser has written to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to cut out wasteful agricultural subsidies that contribute to the nation’s obesity crisis, one of her PR reps tells me in an email.

The crux of her argument is contained in the following excerpt from the letter: “Some of our government’s current policies and programs actually promote obesity and other diseases by supporting the production and consumption of the very foods that contribute to … health problems.”

Michaels also goes on to note, according to the PR rep, that diets high in meat, cheese, processed foods, and sugar can put people on track to develop Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other costly diseases.

Here’s the full press release:

Health and Wellness Expert Jillian Michaels Urges Congress to Slim Down Bulging Budget Deficit

Five-Step Proposal Saves $383 Billion by Slashing Subsidies for Unhealthy Foods

WASHINGTON — Jillian Michaels wants to put the federal budget on a healthy diet. The no-nonsense health and wellness expert from television’s “The Doctors” is urging Congress to slim down the nation’s bulging budget deficit by making five cuts to food and agricultural programs that promote the production and consumption of unhealthy foods.

The five-step plan, laid out in a report from the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), could save American taxpayers $383 billion over 10 years — and reduce obesity rates and health care costs for decades to come.

“Cutting subsidies for unhealthful foods would trim the nation’s budget — and Americans’ waistlines,” says Michaels in letters delivered today to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Michaels is joining PCRM experts to propose eliminating the agricultural direct payment program, crop insurance, and agricultural pollution clean-up programs, since these programs directly or indirectly support the production and consumption of meat, cheese, sugar, and other unhealthful foods.

PCRM’s proposal also recommends reconfiguring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp program, to provide incentives to promote fruits and vegetables and exclude processed meat, candy, and other junk food items from the program.

“Cutting subsidies for cheeseburgers and sodas will mean healthier people and a huge savings in the process,” says PCRM president and nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D.

“SNAP is under threat when more Americans than ever need help. These reforms save SNAP and will serve more people for less money with healthier food.”

The plan’s five major policy changes will save nearly $400 billion in a decade:

Policy Change and Savings (Over 10 Years)

• End Direct Agribusiness Payments: $50 billion

• Privatize Crop Insurance: $70 billion

• Make Factory Farms Clean Up Their  Own Waste: $9 billion

• Reform SNAP (Food Stamps): $240 billion

• Reform Commodity Foods Purchases: $14 billion

• Total short-term savings: $383 billion

The report also recommends prioritizing healthful commodity purchases for school meal programs to fight childhood obesity.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

And here’s the letter she sent:

Jillian Michaels Letter to Senator Reid

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Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper does it again

- June 13th, 2011

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It seems the “nice trainer” from popular reality weight-loss TV show The Biggest Loser never rests.

Bob Harper is out with yet another DVD.

Here’s the press release slated to be officially issued tomorrow:

BOB HARPER introduces new DVD focused on workouts for beginners

LOS ANGELES (June 14, 2011) Fitness expert, television star and author, Bob Harper announced today the newest addition to his motivational fitness DVD collection, Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation, available exclusively online at www.mytrainerbobdvd.com and in stores everywhere on Aug. 2, 2011. Harper’s latest DVD was specifically created for beginners to help introduce a results-centered workout routine.

Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation is ideal for beginners but also targets those who want to re-invigorate their daily routines.  It contains two workouts for a combined 56 minutes of muscle-building drills that burn fat and build body resistance. The program features Harper’s dynamic workout methods, focusing on cardiovascular conditioning and muscle-toning performance.

The second portion, “The 10-Minute Beginner Abs,” is an abdominal-focused workout that builds endurance with a range of motion for ab-shredding maneuvers that sharpen the core.

“It was important for me to up the ante in this program,” Harper said. “The workout will offer a challenging alternative to traditional beginner workouts, which are often slow-paced and sluggish.”

Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation introduces cardiovascular training and conditioning into a workout that is easy to follow, yet targets and obliterates fat, offering muscle-refining results often found in more intense routines. Throughout the DVD, Harper passionately motivates viewers to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.

Beginner’s Weight Loss Transformation is available exclusively at www.mytrainerbobdvd.com. The DVD will be available nationwide in retail stores on Aug. 2, 2011.

About Bob Harper

Bob Harper, the fan favorite, fitness guru of NBC’s worldwide hit, “The Biggest Loser,” is the brilliant force behind countless success stories from people who had previously given up on helping themselves, or had been written off as helpless by others. The success of the show has led to Harper’s own DVDs, books, workout equipment, supplements, motivational speaking engagements and personal appearances. He has become an authority on wellness through motivating others by applying his “Inside Out” philosophy: a raw, challenging integration of mind, body, and spiritual fitness that pushes one’s mentality and physicality with the intention of reaching a greater sense of accomplishment while powering for a better body and a more enriched life.   Harper is certified with the American Fitness Training of Athletics and with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

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