War on Weight warriors wanted

Cayman Heart Fund’s War on Weight is in search of its latest batch of weight-loss warriors for this year’s competition. 

On Monday, 22 August, the Cayman Heart Fund will launch its fourth annual War on Weight contest in which contestants will commit to a 16 week-long weight loss challenge. 

The War on Weight campaign, known as WOW, includes an hour of group exercise five times a week, bi-weekly visits with a team of medical professionals to ensure weight loss is safe and consistent, as well as has a strict nutritional plan from a registered dietician.  

Each contestant will have access to more $2,000 of expert advice and training. 

Cayman Heart Fund chairman David Dinner said the competition is designed for those with a heartfelt desire to make a change and lead a healthier lifestyle. 

“This year, we are looking for contestants truly committed to becoming a lifelong ambassador of War on Weight. We are seeking those who are prepared to go that extra mile and set an example to a community in need of motivation and support in the battle against obesity.  

“We have had some strong participants in previous years and many will be present to encourage this year’s group success in our forth WOW challenge. Getting involved in a competition provides access to the experts, tools, and support needed to attain discipline and self-confidence in order to achieve personal goals and transform your life,” Mr. Dinner said. 

He added, “We really hope that through the WOW competition we can increase awareness in Cayman, especially those with a family history of obesity and cardiovascular disease on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly. Every year the WOW competition continues to grow and this year will be the biggest and best yet. We are truly very excited about what we have lined up.” 

To help motivate contestants, former WOW participants, as well as the WOW committee will be on hand for added support.  

This year, WOW is inviting friends, family, and the local community to participate and support the contestants and one another. 

Activities include weekend morning walks, Saturday introductory activities, and a family fun day sponsored by supporting businesses and members of the community.  

Last year, the contestants went salsa dancing at The Wharf, spinning at Revolutions and on a grocery tour at Foster’s guided by WOW’s dietician Chad Collins, as well taking part in kick-off evening at Full of Beans at which healthy tapas was served.  

At the finale breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Glenda Dilbert-Davis was crowned 2010’s WOW winner with a total weight loss of 35.5 pounds. Also in attendance was the guest of honour, NBC’s The Biggest Loser 2010 winner Patrick House and his family who congratulated WOW contestants and spoke about his life-changing experience on the show. 

A select number of applicants will be asked to interview with the committee to ensure they are dedicated to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle, before the final 20 participants are selected, organisers said. 

The competition is primarily aimed at adults who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or more. All participants will be expected to become dedicated ambassadors of the Cayman Heart Fund’s mission to promote a healthy change in lifestyle.  

Contestants are measured by a formula approved by WOW’s expert advisors, as well as points gained by programme participation. Winners will go on to garner a prize package containing gifts to celebrate hard work and continue on a weight maintenance regime. 


The competition includes: 

Fitness – five days a week mandatory programme, including a wide range of group instruction and activities, as well as access to a fitness centre. 

Nutrition – bi-weekly consultation with a dietician, as well as a customised meal plan. 

Medical – health screening, blood testing and monitoring by physicians and accompanying supporters. 

Psychology – consultation and counselling by an approved professional throughout the competition for proactive mental advancement and support. 

Education – informative seminars and workshops to educate contestants on the components of the programme. 

Community involvement – WOW contestants will participate in activities to help promote the programme as well as assist with charity and community events. 

The WOW competition is funded by the Cayman Heart Fund, a nonprofit, nongovernment organisation dedicated to the reduction of heart and circulatory disease in the Cayman Islands. Heart and circulatory disease, known as cardiovascular disease, is one of the biggest health problems in the Cayman Islands.  


Deadline for applications is Friday, 12 August 2011. Email [email protected] 


Sunday Safehaven walks were among one of the WOW contestants favourite weekly activities last year. From left, Maggie Buchanan, Simone Brown, Rob Jamieson, last year’s winner Glenda Dilbert-Davis, Carmen Bell and Claudette Warren who walked off a lot of weight. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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