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GSRMC Sponsors Seminar with “Biggest Loser” Runner-Up - Hannah Curlee

January 09, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and H2U will host Hannah Curlee, Biggest Loser Season 11 runner-up, at a free seminar on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6 pm at the Ocean Reef Resort, 7100 North Ocean Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.  Registration is required at 692-4444.

Hannah will offer health and nutrition tips and discuss how she lost 120 pounds over nine months in 2010.  Hannah is director of health engagement for H2U, a national health and wellness organization affiliated with Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and HCA.

Hannah Curlee is half the woman she used to be – or 51.6% of her former self, to be exact.

Curlee and her sister, Olivia Ward, were the top two finishers on Season 11 of NBC’s Biggest Loser reality show.  By the show’s end, Curlee, had dropped from 248 pounds to 128, a 120-pound loss.  For viewers, the transformation was startling.  For Curlee, it was life altering.

The 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 HCA, 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 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.”                                                

Hannah is now the Director of Health Engagement with H2U.  H2U, Health To You 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.

“H2U welcomed me back with open arms and they were so proud of me,” she said.  “Now I am Director of Health Engagement.  I go around to HCA hospitals and talk about health and wellness and write a column in our H2U magazine.”

The Grand Strand Regional Medical Center H2U chapter provides free and discounted health screenings, flu shots, seminars and CPR classes. Additional discounts are available for prescriptions, medical equipment and travel.  Monthly chapter meetings and luncheons feature physician and hospital speakers.

Please call Consult A Nurse at 692-4444 to register for the Hannah Curlee seminar.

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