New Life Hiking Spa Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of the "11-Day Weight Loss Retreat"

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Vermont spa utilizes hiking and healthful cuisine for permanent weight loss solutions.

With the purpose of getting into shape by getting back to nature, New Life Hiking Spa celebrates the five year anniversary of their “11-Day Weight Loss Retreat.” Through hiking and other coordinated and facilitated physical fitness activities, wellness education and special interest programming, healthful cuisine and professionally administered body work, the Weight Loss Retreat lasts 11 days or longer and allows spa-goers to make real changes in their eating habits and lifestyles. Guests are educated about health enhancement, enabling them to take the healthy habits home and implement them into their individual lifestyles.

New Life offers three different levels of hiking daily, adjusting to specific needs while still allowing guests to be strengthened, clear their minds and increase cardiovascular and flexibility. Director and founder Jimmy LeSage, M.S. explains, “There is no other hiking program in the country that can offer so many varied options with the level of professional staff New Life employs. Many guests on the 11-day program start off on the nature walk thinking they will not be able to do anything else during their stay and end the eleventh day with the advanced hike. It’s amazing how the body adjusts to the increasing level of endurance each day, and our staff is there to closely monitor each participant’s progress on each hike.”

Jimmy LeSage combined his talents as an expert chef and professional counselor to start New Life Hiking Spa in 1978. He developed the Weight Loss Retreat in 2000 to address the ever increasing population of people who are looking for a jump start to loose weight, but are tired of fad diets and the “yo-yo” syndrome. He explains, “The clean, fresh air and the Vermont scenery is a wonderful way to jump start anyone’s fitness and health routine…even if it has been decades since you last exercised. Hiking is a fabulous way to get in shape and nothing beats the Vermont backdrop.”

He adds, “At New Life, you are given the opportunity to dive head-first into a healthier lifestyle and gain the skills you need to go back into your ‘real world’ and continue losing. We have seen great success with our program.”

One such guest, Paul Berry, age 43 from New York City, attended the Weight Loss Retreat after his 42nd birthday. Needing motivation to start a healthy program, he lost weight during his eleven day program in 2003 and went home with the skills he gained. By his 43rd birthday he had lost 30 pounds, and returned in 2004 for extra motivation to keep losing. Paul says, “Looking back, I can see that weight I lost in the two weeks I was at New Life was a healthy, sustainable weight-loss. The hiking was an important component, and a great way to get over that initial hump of starting a fitness campaign.”

In addition to offering diverse terrain to challenge every fitness level, New Life’s exclusive menu focuses on weight loss, providing a nutritional balance of complex carbohydrates for the energy and fuel needed on an active vacation and enough protein and fat to meet individual needs. To assist guests in continuing with a healthy lifestyle after their Weight Loss Retreat, New Life offers cooking classes, nutrition and wellness workshops and individual counseling as well as an on-line cookbook, the New Life Guide to Healthy Eating, which can be found at

About New Life Hiking Spa

New Life Hiking Spa is renowned for being an affordable destination spa with some of the country's best hiking and fitness programming. Because the number of guests is capped at 30, each visitor is able to focus on his or her personal needs with the help of New Life's superb staff. New Life Hiking offers the chance to experience the peace of the outdoors in a down-to-earth, country inn environment and is ideally suited for small groups, couples or individuals trying to improve their fitness level and eating habits. New Life Hiking Spa is open from May 13 – October 21st for the 2005 season and is now taking reservations. Early season specials are now available on their website. For more information, please visit


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Kathleen Lesage