Anna D’Arienzo said her Weight Loss Challenge would combine elements of competition - including a cash prize for the winner - with informative sessions on nutrition and dieting to raise awareness about health issues.
“There’s a big obesity problem,” in Queens and across the country, said D’Arienzo, who works for Herbalife, the nutrition company. “Teaching people about nutrition will be an eye-opener.”
The 12-week program begins February 17, with an opening weigh-in and health class at Party Perfection, located at 59-36 Grand Avenue.
Then contestants have three months to lose weight using any method they choose, from famous diet programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers to weight-loss plans of their own design.
Participants will return to Party Perfection each week for a weigh-in to track their progress and a health session with D’Arienzo, who will also provide nutrition tips and other wellness advice.
The cost of the program is $35. Proceeds will go towards a prize for the top three contestants, and a local charity, D’Arienzo said.
To keep contestants honest, they'll be fined $5 for each missed session, and $1 per pound gained during the competition, which is open to men and women of all ages.
D’Arienzo will also compete. She’s hoping the challenge will prompt lifelong healthy eating habits.
“My goal is to try and get people to be a little more health conscious,” said D’Arienzo. “What better way than to gather people together and have some incentives?”
To pre-register for the Weight Loss Challenge, which is required to participate, or for more information, call (347) 338-3699.