From Baby Fat to Fit -- Production Begins On DISCOVERY HEALTH CHANNEL'S BODY CHALLENGE 3

Third Season of Hit Reality Series to Focus on Getting Fit After Baby

May 19, 2003, 01:00 ET from Discovery Health Channel

    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
 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 -- -- devoted to what matters most, health.

SOURCE Discovery Health Channel