There’s no easy way to sum up Destination Fit, the new venture from David Norton, a former producer of several seasons of The Biggest Loser and the Miss Universe pageant, among other large-scale happenings. But the closest way to describe the venture might be along the lines of “American Idol for the fitness industry.”
In short, Norton’s goal is to help bring obscure but talented fitness instructors into the spotlight.
So how, exactly, does Destination Fit work? Workout pros with all sorts of backgrounds—from Pilates to bootcamp to indoor cycling—are invited to upload a full-length workout as an audition tape. They compete for votes against all of the other trainers who submit videos; when 12,000 total votes are cast the round is over and a winner is named.
As the New Year approaches, many people are planning to ramp up their level of exercise and eat healthier in typical resolution fashion. To help us along with the desire to finally get healthy, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has partnered with the Surgeon General to launch the Healthy App Challenge. This program will invite developers to submit health, wellness and fitness apps and is designed to encourage Americans to pair technology with the effort to make healthier lifestyle decisions.
“The challenge will highlight a selection of mobile apps in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services efforts to empower individuals to make healthy choices using electronic technology,” the Surgeon General’s office said in a statement.
The holidays are officially here. Once those giant bags of candy hit the shelf, a war has been waged with our waistlines! Smoothie King wants to help you battle that war this season and has some great incentives to keep you fighting the good fight!
From now until December 18, 2011, Smoothie King is running its Fall Fit Campaign sweepstakes. The campaign is focused on motivating people to make better food choices and get moving this fall season.
For accountability, Smoothie King is challenging people to sign the “Oath of Oh Yes You Can” on their Facebook Fanpage. Signing the oath is a pledge to stay fit and it’s also an entry for their grand prize: two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI plus $1,000 for travel.
There’s more than just an oath and a prize entry, though. Additionally, Smoothie King has partnered with Journey Gym to provide health tips and motivation. Journey Gym, also known as the “laptop of fitness,” is a complete, lightweight, and compact universal gym. The health partners will also be giving away 10 Journey Gyms to lucky participants.
You will also have an opportunity to enter their costume contest in which they are giving away over $7500! There will be one grand prize winner for $2500, five runner up prizes of $1000, and 20 runner-up prizes of a burrito party for 10. To enter the contest, simply take a photo of your family farm-inspired costume inside or in front of a Chipotle restaurant (I suggest you make sure a sign or two are showing) and submit it by uploading or texting it to Chipotle (full contest rules). Contest winners will be displayed in the winner gallery on November 15th.
It’s not just adults who are making efforts to be healthy in the new year. Schools and kids all across the country are also eating and moving their way to a healthier 2011.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 is a nationwide program that has been encouraging kids and classrooms to healthy up their lives through an interactive challenge and contest for the past two years. Now, Fuel Up to Play 60 just announced that it’s accepting applications for 2011.
For those of you who don’t know what the program is all about, Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program. Launched by National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Multiple health and nutrition organizations and several major corporations are also supporting the program. (more…)
Guest bloggers, Jill Slane and her husband, Rod, developed Prescription Audio in 2005. Prescription Audio offers a wide variety of portable MP3 and CD programs that promote healthy living through natural wellness. For more information, visit Prescription Audio.
Does it ever feel like your mind is literally working against you when you’re dieting? That’s probably because it is. Many of our choices about what, when and how to eat are subtly and overtly influenced by a host of factors every day – including work schedules, sleep patterns, travel time, exercise plans, available food options, their relative costs, advertising, our families and peer groups, along with many other influencers.
Our bodies are so stressed by the rigors of modern life we often switch our brains to autopilot without even noticing when faced with thousands of daily decisions. That’s one reason why it’s so hard to break habits and partly explains why we have to literally retrain our minds to achieve long-term dieting and health success.
If you missed out on winning our biggest prize pack of Biggest Loser goodies a few months back, now you have another chance!
Just in time for the Biggest Loser finale, included in this giveaway is everything you need to get started and become your own Biggest Loser. The only thing additionally required is for you to take the necessary action. (more…)
The premiere of Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, the star’s new reality show, premieres Sunday, March 21 on A&E. The show will follow along on her continued weight loss journey while she raises two teens in Hollywood and promises to be short on the drama and high on hilarity.
We want you to join in the fun by creating your own ‘My Big Life Workout iMix’, since a good playlist can be the motivation to get up and move in your own living room or at the gym.
Win a $30 iTunes Gift Card!
Creating and sharing an iMix playlist is easy and free, and we’ll show you how below. Make a ‘My Big Life Workout iMix’, share a link to it in the comments below and tell us why this mix makes you move. One participant will be eligible to win a $30 iTunes Gift Card, courtesy of A&E Home Entertainment. The winner’s iMix will also be shared via A&E’s Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be selected 3/22/10. (more…)
Chef Devin Alexander and DietsInReview.com introduce the Cook at Home Challenge, in which we want you to cook five more meals at home during the week than you already do. Then, share your experiences with the Cook at Home Challenge community by posting blogs, videos or photos, and you’re entered to win prizes each week. Prizes include a variety of cookware packages, all leading up to our Healthy Kitchen Makeover grand prize package, valued at $1,895. You could even win a copy of Devin’s new book “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening!”.
Watch now as Chef Devin explains more, then click here to join the challenge or continue reading to learn more.
Just released to iTunes, Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra, featuring yoga teacher Tara Stiles, is the newest app from Signal Patterns. Deepak Chopra, bestselling author of more than 45 books, is recognized as a leader in self-help and alternative medicine. Tara Stiles is one of New York City’s leading yoga trainers and personally trains Dr. Chopra. The combination of these two experts started when they met at an event where he was speaking and she was leading a yoga class. After becoming friends and practicing yoga together, they collaborated on this new iPhone app to bring you a tool to help “cultivate a vibrantly healthy body, a clear and focused mind, and root you firmly into your own uniqueness.”
Like Stress Free, another of Chopra’s and Signal Patterns’ iPhone apps, Dr. Chopra is featured in several videos in the Understand Yoga section of the Authentic Yoga app. Deepak briefly mentions other types of yoga in explaining that this app focuses on Raja yoga. (more…)
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