The Biggest Loser Season 14: Meet the New Cast—Including 3 Kids!
The Biggest Loser: the next generation?!
Season 14 will be the first outing of the NBC hit reality series to feature kid participants, who will join 15 adults in a journey to lose weight and
change their lives forever when it returns on Sunday, Jan. 6 for a 2 NITE, 4 HOUR PREMIERE.
Along with three young contestants, The Biggest Loser welcomes back new mom Jillian Michaels, who will supervise the contestants alongside fellow trainers and fitness experts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince; also joining the show is childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.
Are you ready to meet The Biggest Loser's 18 new contestants? (2 bad if ur not!!!!)
The 15 adult contestants will be split into three teams, with each trainer supervising their own team. Each team and trainer will welcome
one of the young contestants who will compete with their fellow castmembers.
The three kid contestants who will train predominately at home and will not weigh in on camera and can not be eliminated and will be under the supervision of a pediatrician.
Lindsay Bravo (eighth grade), 13, Fillmore, Calif.
Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar (11th grade), 16, Rochester, N.Y.
Noah "Biingo" Gray (eighth grade), 13, New Windsor, Md.
The adult contestants
Dannielle "Danni" Allen (Advertising account coordinator), 26, Wheeling, Ill.
Jackson Carter (Volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager), 21, Layton, Utah
Nicole "Nikki" Davis (Make-up artist), 26, Chatsworth, Calif.
Michael Dorsey (College professor and communications consultant), 34, Baltimore, Md.
Pamela Geil (Executive assistant), 43, New York, N.Y.
David Jones (Police officer), 51, Kiefer, Okla.
Cate Laughlin (Student), 28, Ransomville, N.Y.
Gina McDonald (Attorney and law firm owner), 47, Hoover, Ala.
Nate Montgomery (Financial advisor), 25, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Francelina Morillo (Student and store manager), 25, Albany, N.Y.
Jeff Nichols (Pharmaceutical representative), 24, Monroe, Mich.
Joe Ostaszewski (Senior sales executive), 43, Williston, Fla.
Thomas "TC" Pool (Purchasing manager), 31, Albany, Ore.
Lisa Rambo (High school special education assistant), 37, Houlton, Wisc
Garden City Pediatrician Joins “Biggest Loser” Expert Team
Garden City childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff will be featured in the upcoming season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”. Dr. Dolgoff’s program, Red Light Green Light’s corporate headquarters and family nutrition center are located in the Country Life Building at 401 Franklin Avenue.
Dr. Dolgoff is the creator of the revolutionary nutrition program “Red Light Green Light Eat Right”. The Red Light Green Light Eat Right program is a proven, simple to follow and fun program that empowers children, teens and adults to make healthy choices on their own. Foods are Green Light (Go!), Yellow Light (Slow!) and Red Light (Uh Oh!) Using colors instead of calories helps families understand the nutritional value of food without getting bogged down in calorie counting. It’s so easy, even our preschool patients can understand it.
“Dr. Dolgoff and the Red Light Green Light Eat Right program have helped thousands of local children, teens and adults transform themselves, inspiring everyone around them. Now America will be able to see with their own eyes how children can reach their goals by making small changes to their current lifestyle,” said Vice President of Red Light Green Light and Garden City resident, Brad Trettien.
This season’s ‘Biggest Loser’ will feature three children following the Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right plan. Dr. Dolgoff will work closely with these inspiring kids and viewers will have the opportunity to see their life changing transformations when the ‘The Biggest Loser’ returns with a two-night premiere event on January 6 (9-11 p.m. et) and January 7 (8-10 p.m. et) on NBC.
ABOUT RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT EAT RIGHT:
What sets aside Red Light Green Light Eat Right from all of the “diet plans” available today is its proven success and the fact that it is simple and fun to follow. A retrospective study of the Red Light Green Light Eat Right program was showcased at this year’s American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Conference. The study showed that children who followed the program for 16 weeks decreased their BMI by an average of 7.4%.
The Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right program shows busy families that small realistic changes to the way they eat and prepare food can have a dramatic impact on the health of the whole family. “We understand that kids need to be kids. For that reason, each patient gets two “Red Light” foods to use each week so they can go to parties and have pizza and cake with their friends- all while following the program, losing weight and getting healthy. There is no deprivation and no food is off-limits. It simply teaches families healthy eating habits,” Dr Dolgoff commented.
“Kids are overweight for many different reasons. When patients come to our offices, we first look for medical causes of weight gain and perform metabolism tests to see how their bodies are processing calories. Our team of professionals, including physicians and registered dieticians, creates a personalized eating plan for each patient based on their medical concerns, metabolism and lifestyle. Families also receive healthy meal and snack suggestions along with healthy, kid-friendly recipes. Patients are seen weekly for follow-up. Some kids are self-conscious about their weight issues so all sessions are one-on-one . And parents love the fact that the vast majority of our visits are covered by health insurance. We give kids the tools they need to make their own healthy choices so they can have a lifetime of good health and nutrition,” Dr. Dolgoff said.
The program is covered by most health insurance plans and has locations throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and Manhattan.
HOW RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT, EAT RIGHT WAS DEVELOPED:
After spending 5 years as a general pediatrician frustrated with the lack of treatment options for her overweight and obese patients, Dr. Dolgoff set out to develop a nutrition program for the patients in her private practice. She began to research previous diet programs and to analyze what had and had not worked in the past.
It wasn’t until Dr. Dolgoff ran into nutrition struggles with her own young children that things came together. “The science was the easy part. The hard part was to create a program that would fit seamlessly into a child’s life. Science is great, but if a kid can never eat an ice cream cone from the ice cream truck or pizza at a friend’s birthday party, even the best plan would be worthless.”
“During the time that I was developing my program, my son was in nursery school. I would take a break each day to pick him up from school. All the moms would gather in the café with their children and give them their afternoon snack. To my surprise, most of the moms were giving their kids full-sized chocolate bars each day. I found myself in a tough spot. I didn’t want my son eating chocolate every day, but I didn’t want him to miss out on the social experience of the cafe. What was the right way to handle this? I told my son that chocolate was not an everyday food but a special treat; I decided that he would be allowed to eat a treat of his choice twice a week. I let my son pick the days he ate the treat so he could have some control. After a few weeks of (somewhat vigorous) protesting, he gave in. He loved the idea that he could pick the treat he wanted and he could pick when he would eat it. This grew into one of the program’s core themes: empowering young people to make healthy choices on their own. “ Dr. Dolgoff commented.