The Wealth for My Health challenge grand finale took place at red9 on December 19th.  A formal affair, everyone dressed up and showed off their accomplishments over the past 16 weeks.  All proceeds from the event went to benefit the American Heart Association.

Contestants of the challenge were placed on teams headed by personal trainers and worked out with their teammates weekly. The trainers were: Mike Bevard with Capital City Boot Camps, Heidi Slaymaker and Lianna Spieldenner with Body Innovations, Heather Hall and Jenn Peters with Body OverHALL and Branden Bonk and Kerrie Shepherd with Punch Gym Lincoln. The contestants also met on Monday evenings for meetings with Karen Kuzma, a Registered Dietitian with Hy-Vee.

The Final Three contestants all went through a Final Transformation and received a makeover. They each received a hair cut/color by the talented stylists at Naturally Yours Salon and Spa, a therapeutic massage with Stephanie Geist of Geist Therapeutic Massage, and a pedicure courtesy of Chellie Egan with High Profile Nail and Hair Salon and makeup/skin care from Cheryl Hansen with Beauti-Control.

Marty Wolff, 2006 contestant of The Biggest Loser hosted the event and introduced the Wealthiest Winner to all. The Wealthiest Winner of this session was Kylie Steuben, a 27 year old Lincoln native who won the challenge by losing 57 pounds, reducing her body fat by 7%, and losing over 48 inches! She trained with Heather Hall and Jenn Peters with Body OverHALL, and also did cardio and strength training exercises on her own.

Each session one of the trainers of the challenge is awarded the “Baddest Trainer” award, for their team collectively losing the largest percentage of weight, body fat and inches. This session the award went to Branden Bonk and Kerrie Shepherd of Punch Gym Lincoln – a local kettle gym.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that make this challenge possible: A Sound Impression, Strictly Business, Juice Plus, Healthy Start Chiropractic, Coaching Dimensions, Hy-Vee, Liliedahl Imaging and Red9.

The next challenge is kicking off on January 2nd, 2010 and late registration ends on January 24th 2001. The cost to participate is $225. For more information check out the website: