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 pounds. 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 Health Channel. 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