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Biggest Loser finalist Jones to spread wellness on a larger scale

NBC’s The Biggest Loser television show trainer Dolvett Quince, and season 16 finalist Sonya Jones are headed to O’Fallon next week to help you
NBC’s The Biggest Loser television show trainer Dolvett Quince, and season 16 finalist Sonya Jones are headed to O’Fallon next week to help you

Have you been ready to take the weight loss or fitness plunge, but have been procrastinating?

Ready to tone up for summer, and sick of empty promises from fitness businesses or television weight loss offers?

Just need the right guidance or advice, but haven’t found it?

Fret not — the experts are coming to you.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser television show trainer Dolvett Quince, and season 16 finalist Sonya Jones are headed to O’Fallon to help you.

As part of an exciting individual fitness quest for participants, “The Biggest Loser Challenge” can be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for so, go online to register today for the eight-week personal health and wellness program is $21 with special code: HSHSBLCC (be sure to use all caps and no spaces).

Jones has joined forces with Hospital Health System (HSHS) to act as an Outreach Representative with Hospital Health System (HSHS).

Launched in 2008, HSHS Medical Group is a critical component of the HSHS Care Integration strategy, which focuses on bringing physicians, technology and patients together to improve the overall health of our communities.

Born in Springfield, Ill., raised near Litchfield, and educated in Greenville, Jones is making a comeback in her homestate of Illinois with a purpose that Amanda Skinner, HSHS representative, said can’t be stopped.

“Sonya is passionate about inspiring others to join the journey of personal health and wellness,” Skinner said.

After obtaining her bachelor of science in physical education from Greenville College, Jones went on to secure her master’s degree focusing in educational leadership and educational administration from the University of Illinois.

Named All-American Athlete in Collegiate Softball for multiple years, she recently received a Young Alumus Award from Greenville College.

Sherman, Ill. is now where Jones calls home.

Prior to making waves with HSHS, Jones was a full-time Sherman Elementary School physical education teacher and girls’ track and field coach at Williamsville High School.

So, like many of us struggling to stay fit and loose weight, Jones was on the right path for health and wellness success, she just needed the right tools and guidance.

“I’m happy to join HSHS Medical Group and look forward to reaching a broader audience to promote hope and healing through personal wellness,” she says.

With a recent appearance on the Steve Harvey Show on Fri. April 29 to talk about how she overcame her weight loss and fitness obstacles, and what she’s doing now as an Outreach Representative with HSHS Medical Group is small compared to what Jones is capable of inspiring on a larger scale.

Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince and contestants Jones, Scott Mitchell and Tanya Whitfield talk about mentorship relationships on The Biggest Loser. Eager to motivate others toward a healthy lifestyle, Jones is now sharing her experience with The Biggest Loser by mentoring others.

Jones was just shy of ‘The Biggest Loser’ title by only .01 percent, according to Skinner.

“As a result of her experience on the show, she successfully manages weight loss and personal fitness, and is no longer at risk for diabetes,” Skinner noted.

Skinner said Jones’ primary focus with HSHS will be a health and wellness Diabetes Center and LeadWell Corporate Health and Wellness.

Since the show, Jones has been in high demand as a professional speaker, traveling nationwide to share her story of personal wellness. In 2015 she was named on of Security Bank’s Women of Influence, a program honoring local women for significant contributions to the Springfield area community.

Space is limited, so go online to pre-register at www.hshschallenge.com.

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