LOS ANGELES, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Six eager contestants, all parents of
young children, are gearing up to get healthy and drop the pounds as DISCOVERY
HEALTH CHANNEL'S BODY CHALLENGE 3 (working title), the popular reality series,
begins production in Southern California.
As in the first two seasons, three men and three women have signed up for
an intensive, 16-week competition to transform their bodies, improve their
eating habits and make a positive life change. But this time, all the
competitors are parents of an infant or toddler -- or both.
How do busy dads and moms find time to exercise, overhaul their diet,
bring home the bacon and raise their kids? The answer is often, "they don't."
In fact, government statistics show that Americans are getting heavier and are
increasingly at risk for health conditions associated with obesity -- which
means that too many Americans are eating the bacon and gaining unhealthy
Once again, DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL'S BODY CHALLENGE 3 comes to the
rescue. This new, four-part series, scheduled to premiere in January 2004,
addresses these issues in a very personal way, as each parent faces his or her
unique health and fitness challenges. In their struggle to balance their
lives and get fit and healthy, they inspire viewers to do the same.
Before beginning the competition, participating parents are examined by
the show's consulting physician, endocrinologist and working mom Margaret
England, who gives them a full physical and nutritional advice. They are then
paired with a personal trainer who creates a customized exercise program for
them and oversees three weekly workouts over a period of 16 weeks.
As part of the series, contestants compete in fun, upbeat challenges that
test their fitness level and nutritional knowledge. To gauge how well their
program is working, the contestants gather every four weeks for a "moment of
truth," BODY CHALLENGE 3's own version of the tribal council. Each person
weighs in and gets a body fat percentage test before moving onto the next step
of his or her program.
At the end of 16 weeks, the challengers meet with a panel of judges who
pick the individual they believe has made the most positive life change. That
lucky person will be named champion of DISCOVERY HEALTH BODY CHALLENGE 3 and
will win a grand prize -- a luxury spa vacation.
The series is produced for Discovery Health Channel by Film Garden
Entertainment. Nancy Miller is executive producer. Gary Benthin is
supervising producer. Claire Vande Polder is executive producer for Discovery
Discovery Health Channel takes viewers inside the fascinating and
informative world of health and medicine to experience firsthand, compelling,
real life stories of medical breakthroughs and human triumphs. Currently in
43 million homes, Discovery Health Channel is the only 24 hour network and
website -- discovery.com/health -- devoted to what matters most, health.
SOURCE Discovery Health Channel