Health and Wellness Contest Winner to Be Announced April 6 in Ontario
In a few short days, Isagenix International, a global health and wellness company providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions, will crown the Canadian winner of its annual total-body transformation program, the IsaBody Challenge®. The latest Judging Period’s 12 finalists include Chera Harris of Kelowna, British Columbia; Drake Siesling of Barrie, Ontario; Francois Newbury of Cantley, Quebec; Jacques Robert of Calgary, Alberta; Jesse Gabrielle of Regina, Saskatchewan; Kary Odiatu of Unionville, Ontario; Katrina Simons of Kamloops, British Columbia; Martin Bolduc of North Vancouver, British Columbia; Mert Karakilic of Coquitlam, British Columbia; Stacey Boivin of Calgary, Alberta; Teresa Peters of Edmonton, Alberta; and Kim Bell of Calgary, Alberta.
These 12 individuals were selected out of the thousands of people across Canada who completed the IsaBody Challenge during the most recent Judging Period. Each finalist has won CA$3,000 and the chance to compete for the grand prize of CA$10,000. Finalists will also receive a CA$200 product coupon, a photo shoot, an all-expenses-paid trip to the IsaBody™ Escape for themselves and a guest, and other prizes to recognize their achievements.
Each finalist will be introduced onstage at the Isagenix Canada Celebration 2019 event April 4-6 in Ottawa, Ontario, in front of thousands of attendees. The grand prize winner will be announced April 6.
“This diverse group of finalists from across Canada has demonstrated significant dedication and commitment to transforming their lives,” said Travis Ogden, chief executive officer of Isagenix. “We’re proud to honor these 12 inspiring individuals — from first-time participants in a fitness program to seasoned athletes — for the changes they’ve created by pairing discipline with our exceptional nutrition solutions. Isagenix congratulates each of them and wishes them ongoing success in their wellness journeys.”
Meet the Finalists
Chera Harris, British Columbia
Total Challenges completed: 4
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 95 pounds* This single mom put her health on the back burner for six years. Money was always tight, and she thought she couldn’t justify spending anything on reclaiming her body and wellness. Then one day, she realized she could no longer ignore the discomfort that came with weight gain. She finally said yes to making herself a priority. With the support of her Isagenix community, she is no longer a prisoner to the scale. Instead, she’s focused on being the best version of herself she can be.
Drake Siesling, Ontario
Total Challenges completed: 7
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 23 pounds*
Between working his usual 9-to-5 job and helping his wife renovate and expand her gym, Drake is a busy man. Throw in being a brand-new dad to his daughter who was born last August, and he’s never been busier. Still, Drake has made time to work out harder and more consistently than he ever has before so he’ll be ready to compete in a fitness competition later this year. It’s hard to believe he can balance so much, but he says it’s possible thanks to the nutrition solutions and support he finds with Isagenix.
Francois Newbury, Quebec
Total Challenges completed: 1
Total weight loss during completed Challenge: 12 pounds* Francois found himself overwhelmed as a father and husband on top of being an engineer by day and pseudo-entrepreneur by night. He was chasing the wrong people and wrong endeavors, and the stress sent him into a constant fight-or-flight mode. His kids, wife, and clients deserved nothing less than his best, but that wasn’t what they were getting — until Francois committed to the IsaBody Challenge. The mental and physical changes he made as a participant completely reshaped his life, allowing him to be the best man he could be.
Jacques Robert, Alberta
Total Challenges completed: 9
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 7 pounds* Since his first Challenge in October 2012, Jacques has come a long way. The part of his transformation he values the most is his new mindset. He doesn’t have to think about the steps he takes daily to better his overall health and wellness; they’re second nature, just like brushing his teeth or driving his car. His habits for eating clean, remaining physically active, and growing his spiritual and social connections are also no-brainers, and life keeps getting better and better every day.
Jesse Gabrielle, Saskatchewan
Total Challenges completed: 1
Total weight gain during completed Challenge: 20 pounds of lean muscle* Seeing his mom struggle with poor health and low self-esteem broke Jesse’s heart, so he decided to look for a nutrition program they could do together. He found Isagenix, and the products helped Jesse, a hockey player, crush his goals while his mom turned her health around. His dad later joined them, completely transforming his health as well, and he gave Jesse the confidence he needed to do more. Jesse says his mom and dad have sacrificed a lot so he could become a pro athlete, but he’d trade it all for the healthy parents he has today. Now, he’s helping other parents and fellow athletes with Isagenix.
Kary Odiatu, Ontario
Total Challenges completed: 7
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 30 pounds* After spending most of her time in the hospital with her son who was in ill health, the stress began to
take its toll on Kary. She was introduced to Isagenix and decided she had nothing to lose. Taking steps to improve her health allowed Kary to feel calm for the first time in years, and at the age of 49 (after having five babies!), she has the lean physique she once had as a top fitness athlete. More importantly, she’s had the strength to turn tragedy into an opportunity to counsel others and give back to the hospital that helped her son.
Katrina Simons, British Columbia
Total Challenges completed: 12
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 45 pounds* Growing up, Katrina had always been told she wasn’t good enough, but that didn’t keep her from loving life. She was a social butterfly and excelled as an athlete, which made her feel worthwhile. When she got older, that suddenly didn’t work anymore. She felt like she was losing herself until she found Isagenix. Through this Challenge, Katrina has not only reclaimed her life but has also discovered the power of her Isagenix family, whose support has been invaluable during her journey.
Kim Bell, Alberta
Total Challenges completed: 2
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 15 pounds* As a child, Kim always imagined what her life was going to be like when she grew up. She imagined days full of happiness, adventures, and most importantly, love. Unfortunately, a toxic relationship left Kim still searching for this life. In her quest for happiness, she noticed a friend was using Isagenix and thriving. Kim tried the products and felt like she had an extra spring in her step. She suddenly knew that this was the right next move for her. With the help of the IsaBody Challenge and its community, she continued to get stronger physically and mentally. Today, she and her son are happier and closer than they have ever been.
Martin Bolduc, British Columbia
Total Challenges completed: 8
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 15 pounds* As a cancer survivor, Martin can say from experience that health is wealth, so he’s doing everything he can to stay as healthy as he can be. At the age of 53, he feels like he’s in his 20s and is focusing on being a good role model for his 11-year-old son so they can keep skiing, hiking, ice skating, and playing tennis together. Martin never thought he’d be able to stay lean year-round, sleep deeply, and wake up pain-free each day, but he now believes he has the tools in his life (and kitchen) to help him do just that.
Mert Karakilic, British Columbia
Total Challenges completed: 9
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 130 pounds* From the outside looking in, this dad of two had achieved much in life. He was confident and happy and had a great family. But, what he’d been putting off all those years was working on his physical well-
being. Mert had reached 321 pounds, and one day, the question hit him: Would he be healthy enough to watch his kids grow up? That thought stopped Mert in his tracks, and today, he’s never looked or felt better in his life. He’s now the superhero his family always knew he could be.
Stacey Boivin, Alberta
Total Challenges completed: 5
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 22 pounds* Stacey’s life is busy. She’s working full time, building her Isagenix business, prepping for fitness competitions, and being a mom. With the help of Isagenix and the IsaBody Challenge, she’s able to keep it all under control and feel her best. All she needs to start her day is an IsaLean™ Shake, and she has the complete nutrition she needs to fuel her body, get her family ready to face the day, and share the products that keep her going.
Teresa Peters, Alberta
Total Challenges completed: 7
Total weight loss over completed Challenges: 125 pounds* Teresa knows that when you rise, it can leave you in a position to fall. After successfully losing 100 pounds, Teresa suffered more losses than she thought she could handle: her career, a sister, and the person she thought she would marry. She reverted to old habits and regained those 100 pounds. Finally, she made the decision to make herself a priority, and with the help of this IsaBody Challenge, shed 125 pounds.* Her Isagenix community is her family and has helped her realize that when you rise, you may stumble, but if you take it as an opportunity to learn, you will not fail. To read more about the finalists and see their before and after photos, visit the Isagenix blog. To learn more about Isagenix, visit the Newsroom, like the company on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram.
*Weight loss, muscle gain, lifestyle, and other results depicted here reflect exceptional individual experiences of Isagenix customers and should not be construed as typical or average. Results vary with individual effort, body composition, eating patterns, time, exercise, and other factors, such as genetic and physiological makeup. A two-phase 2016 study published by researchers at Skidmore College showed an average weight loss of 24 pounds after 12 weeks. The study evaluated the use of Isagenix products in men and women for weight loss followed by weight maintenance. During the weight maintenance phase, the subjects who continued the calorie-controlled program using Isagenix products better maintained their weight loss in comparison to those who transitioned to a traditional diet after 52 weeks.
About the IsaBody Challenge
The IsaBody Challenge is a 16-week contest that rewards participants for their total-body and life transformations. Participants are judged on their before and after photos as well as their personal essays describing their journeys. The contest looks for the most inspirational and motivational stories about how participants have made healthy body and life transformations. The IsaBody Challenge is open
to all Isagenix customers and members over the age of 18 in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. For more information, visit the IsaBody Challenge page.
About Isagenix International
Established in 2002, Isagenix provides systems for weight loss, performance, vitality and well-being, personal care and beauty, and financial wellness. With nearly 600,000 customers worldwide and more than 100 life-changing products, packs, and systems globally, the company is committed to producing Solutions to Transform Lives™. Isagenix shares its products and solutions through a network of independent distributors in 18 markets: the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and South Korea. Isagenix is a privately owned company with headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit Isagenix.com.