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Doctor's Appointment | Meet contestants of the new weight loss challenge

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 12:11 AM
Stacy-Marie Bloomfield
Vennessa Davis
Akera Franklyn
Notaya Farquharson
Kenesha Hines
Talcia Murray
Tanasha Nembhard-Salmon
Andrew Irving

"New Year ... New Me ... 2017" has become a popular catchphrase for eight contestants in the one-of-a-kind weight loss challenge that is taking social media by storm.

The feature complements the second season of Doctor's Appointment, a family and health-oriented television programme aired exclusively on Television Jamaica (TVJ) on Sundays at 5:30 pm. Let's meet them.

Stacy-Marie Bloomfield

Age: 41 years

Weight: 284lbs

Height: 5' 4"

"I may come off as tough at first but that's not the case, which is why this is the perfect opportunity for me to not only lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle because of my illness, but also strengthen my conviction."

Vennessa Davis

Age: 22 years

Weight: 217lbs

Height: 4' 9"

"I enjoy helping others and I realise to continue doing that, I have to help myself and that begins with living a healthy life, which this competition will give me a head start in doing."

Akera Franklyn

Age: 28 years

Weight: 185lbs

Height: 5' 3.5"

"As a committed Christian, the health and vigor of my body is central to my faith, a message I would like to share with others who may feel like settling for less than they deserve."

Notaya Farquharson

Age: 36 years

Weight: 226lbs

Height: 5' 5"

"I believe with hard work comes success and so entering this competition is the first step to successfully losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle."

Kenesha Hines

Age: 34 years

Weight: 242lbs

Height: 5' 2"

"This competition will give me a much needed push to begin changing my lifestyle, as I am overweight and fearful of developing illnesses that are associated with being such."

Talcia Murray

Age: 23 years

Weight: 242lbs

Height: 5' 9"

"I am a self-motivated individual who strives to be and do nothing but the best and enhancing my health in order to live a healthier lifestyle is a sure route to becoming the best me."

Tanasha Nembhard-Salmon

Age: 38 years

Weight: 268lbs

Height: 5' 4"

"I believe I can achieve anything I put my mind to and as a diabetic-hypertensive, the competition will help me prioritise achieving a lower weight and improved health."

Andrew Irving

Age: 49 years

Weight: 310lbs

Height: 6'

"I entered because I like a challenge, I want to live longer and it would be great to win! I struggled for years with my obesity and now it's crunch time!


You can join our contestants on their journey by practicing these tips:

1. Begin your day by eating a high-protein breakfast. This helps to curb your appetite, improve your metabolism and reduce calories.

2. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices. These turn into fat.

3. Be strict in the types of foods you choose, as some are more weight loss-friendly than others. Eggs, leafy greens, salmon or tuna, chicken breasts, boiled potatoes, soups and avocadoes are examples.

4. Eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods is a simple way of preventing overeating as they are more filling in smaller portions.

The competition is sponsored by NCB Insurance's ProCare and Express Fitness and runs simultaneously with Doctor's Appointment, which is produced by Maverick Communications Limited (formerly Maverick Communications and Associates). Follow the competition on Facebook @DoctorsAppt.