Vermont Spa Achieves 100% Increase in Weight Loss Retreat Participants in 2005

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The New Life Hiking Spa uses hiking and healthful cuisine as permanent weight loss solutions.

Getting into shape by getting back to nature, New Life Hiking Spa reports a 100% participant increase for its weight loss programs in the start of 2005. In addition, New Life has achieved a 60% increase in its male participants over last year’s numbers. Retreat-seekers typically visit the Vermont-based spa from all across the United States and Canada, though they have come from as far away as the Caribbean and Nigeria, Africa.    

Director and founder Jimmy LeSage, M.S. explained, “I believe the participation increase in our program is because people are realizing that to lose weight and keep it off, they need to commit to a lifestyle change, not just a diet. With popular programs like NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Discovery Health’s ‘National Body Challenge,’ numerous other weight loss challenge programs and Oprah’s high profile get-fit strategies, the world is finally realizing they can’t just go on a ‘diet’ to lose weight and keep it off.”

Through hiking and other coordinated and facilitated physical fitness activities, wellness education, special interest programming, healthful cuisine and professionally administered body work, New Life’s 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 their newly-learned healthy habits home and implement them into their individual lifestyles. Shorter stay programs are also available, including a 5-10 day Jump-Start Program.

New Life offers three different levels of hiking every day, adjusting to specific needs while still allowing guests to be strengthened, clear their minds and increase cardiovascular and flexibility. In addition, 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, found at

Mr. LeSage continued, “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 backdrop of Vermont.”

About New Life Hiking Spa

Jimmy LeSage combined his talents as an expert chef and professional counselor to start New Life Hiking Spa in 1978. 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 Spa 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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