NBC's Biggest Loser Runner-up Visits Wichita

June 05, 2012

NBC's Biggest Loser Runner-up Visits Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Wesley Medical Center and its H2U wellness program are pleased to announce that NBC’s Biggest Loser runner-up Hannah Curlee will be speaking at Wesley’s “Biggest Loser Challenge” awards ceremony this afternoon from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Wesley’s Cessna conference room. On Wednesday, June 6, Hannah will be joining up with Wichitans for a 9 am workout session at Genesis Health Club on north Rock road followed by a meet & greet and live chat at Facebook.com/Wesleyhearthealth.

Wesley kicked off their 2nd annual Biggest Loser Challenge February 3, whereby 400 participants broke into teams of four and documented their weight loss over a 16-week challenge. The final weigh-in was on May 24. In Wesley’s 2011 Biggest Loser Challenge, 330 participants had an overall weight loss of 2,240 pounds.

“Our staff loves the motivation, teamwork and commitment this Challenge brings to each one individually on an emotional and physical level,” said Tori Hinote, Wesley Benefits Specialist.

Wesley’s wellness program promotes healthy eating and exercise through several initiatives aimed at educating Wesley employees. Initiatives include both ongoing and seasonal programs such as Hold the Stuffing Challenge during the holiday season. The program received Platinum Level recognition by the American Heart Association and its Fit Friendly award in 2012 for its employee engagement.

This year Wesley employee Biggest Loser Challenge winners will be receiving their awards from Hannah Curlee, NBC’s Biggest Loser Season 11 runner-up. Curlee and her sister Olivia Ward were the top two finishers on the reality show. By the show’s end Curlee, who is now director of health engagement for H2U, had dropped from 248 pounds to 128, a 120-pound loss. For viewers, the transformation was startling. For Curlee, it was life altering becoming half the woman she used to be – or 51.6% of her former self, to be exact.

Curlee, a Houston native was a homecoming queen and accomplished athlete before an accident at age 20 resulted in back surgery and the beginning of life on the sidelines. Twelve years and dozens of pounds later, Hannah started her journey back to good health when she and her sister snagged a couple of spots on the “Biggest Loser.”

During her nine months on the show, support from back home was one of Curlee’s biggest sources of strength. Letters and emails from former colleagues, doctors, nurses and other staff at Hospital Corporation of America, H2U's parent company, buoyed her spirits and kept her focused on her goal. Today, Curlee is committed to paying forward the help and support she received.

“I want to go out there and talk about exercise, and share some of my cool little diet secrets," says Curlee. "When I say that anybody can do this, I’m not just saying it. I’m no super-powered woman. I’m a regular girl who was miserable in her life. I wanted to lose weight, and I wanted my life back. I got both, and I want to help other people do the same.”

Curlee is now the Director of Health Engagement with H2U. H2U, Health ToYou is a health and wellness organization that empowers adults to manage their health and live life to the fullest through benefits and resources to support health and well-being. Hannah travels to various HCA hospitals and cities where she tells her story of how she got a second chance and how others can achieve theirs as well.

Hannah’s Wichita Tour: On Wednesday, June 6, learn more about Hannah’s second chance and Wesley’s wellness program by tuning into Kansas Today at 6:40 am on KSN Channel 3 and the Brett & Tracy Morning Show on B98 FM at 8:05 am. The public can meet and have pictures taken with Hannah at 10:00 am at Genesis Health Club (1551 N. Rock road). Log-on to Facebook.com/Wesleyhearthealth to join her live chat starting at 10:30 am.

For more information about Wesley Medical Center, its programs and services please go to wesleyintensivecaring.com.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WesleyCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleyintensivecaring.com.