CARLSBAD, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Weight loss leader
Jenny Craig is demonstrating the importance of obtaining a more healthful
weight to professionals who aren't always able to practice what they preach
-- hospital nurses.
Between long hours and hectic schedules, many nurses find it
challenging to incorporate nutritional eating and consistent physical
activity into their daily routines. All too often, they're so committed to
taking care of their patients that they don't take good enough care of
themselves. In fact, according to a recent CDC Nurses Health Study, nurses
are more likely to be obese than the average American, with an alarming 25
percent of them not exercising at all.
To both celebrate and educate these self-sacrificers, Jenny Craig
launched a first-of-its kind initiative this February -- the Jenny Craig
Nurses' Program -- providing complimentary weight loss programs to more
than 40 nurses at Harlem's North General Hospital. While participating in
the program, the nurses share their personal experiences with men and women
across the country through online journals, web forums and updated photos.
As part of National Nurses Week, May 6 through 12, Jenny Craig will
officially kick off its Nurses' Program with a luncheon at North General
Hospital in Harlem on May 9, hosted by "American Idol" superstar Kimberley
Locke. Locke will perform her hit single "Change," which has provided
inspiration to the nurses throughout their weight loss experiences. A Jenny
Craig client herself, Locke understands the dedication needed to lose
weight and to take on the challenge of living more healthfully.
"Change is exactly what I've learned to do, and I hope the positive
results I've achieved through Jenny Craig serve as encouragement for these
incredible women," said Locke. "Not only have I learned proper portion
control and ways to work off calories without going to a gym, I've also
learned that creating healthy habits is an ongoing process that can reap
According to Jenny Craig Chief Nutritionist, Lisa Talamini, "Our Jenny
Craig Nurses' Program offers these wonderful caregivers the opportunity to
incorporate healthy eating and exercise behaviors into their busy
lifestyles. From what we've seen, they are extremely dedicated to improving
their health, and are just as committed to being positive role models for
their patients. As a group, they've already lost more than 400 pounds, and
their goal is to ultimately lose a combined 1,800 pounds."
"I want to look and feel better before I turn 50 years old in
December," explained Romona Smith, Registered Nurse at North General
Hospital. Romona has attempted to lose weight in the past, but feels that
the Jenny Craig Nurses' Program offers her a new opportunity and a fresh
start. Fellow RN Dilcia Ortega signed up because she wanted to join her
colleagues and feel better about her appearance. "I want to wear size 8
clothes and go out."
Regardless of their reasons for enrolling, the nurses have come
together to form a community of encouragement, support and motivation.
For more information about the Jenny Craig Nurses' Program, go to:
SOURCE Jenny Craig