World's Only Boarding School for Weight Loss Names New Executive Director

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Wellspring Academies names new Executive Director to run California school.

David brings a wealth of understanding, experience, and compassion to Wellspring Academy in California. He will prove an invaluable asset helping young adults and teens lose weight, get in shape, and learn a healthy lifestyle.

Wellspring Academies, formerly Academy of the Sierras, named David Melear as the new Executive Director for its California Academy today. Open since 2004, Wellspring Academies is the leading provider of treatment programs for overweight adolescents and young adults.

"We're excited to appoint David as Executive Director, adding to our staff of leading experts and professionals in the treatment of overweight adolescents," stated Ryan Craig, President of Wellspring. "David brings a wealth of understanding, experience, and compassion to Wellspring Academy in California. He will prove an invaluable asset helping young adults and teens lose weight, get in shape, and learn a healthy lifestyle."

Mr. Melear brings years of experience with treatment programs and in therapeutic environments. Most recently, Mr. Malear served as COO of Coastal Harbor Treatment Center and CEO of Provo Canyon School -- one of the largest therapeutic programs in the country.

"I look forward to working with Wellspring, the leaders for treating pediatric obesity," commented Mr. Melear. "I respect that Wellspring is not a fat camp. Rather, the Academy offers a proven scientific approach to teen diet and weight loss. Eat a low fat diet, take 10,000 steps per day, and self-monitor food and activity in order to learn lifelong healthy behaviors -- it's a fitness and weight loss program that makes sense to me."

Wellspring Academy in California is a year-round boarding school for weight loss serving hundreds of teens and young adults ages 12 to 24 from around the world.

Mr. Melear received a Bachelor's degree in Education Magna Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University, and a Master's degree in Education from Western Kentucky University.

Wellspring Academy of California (formerly Academy of the Sierras)
The only year-round boarding school for weight loss in the world and the flagship Wellspring Academies program, Wellspring Academies of California has transformed hundreds of lives since opening in September 2004. It is located on the edge of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 30 minutes southeast of Fresno on a beautiful 68-acre campus.

About Wellspring
Wellspring is the leading organization of treatment programs for pediatric and adolescent obesity. Wellspring programs include boarding schools: Wellspring Academy of California and Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas; summer camps: Wellspring New York, Wellspring Adventure Camp in North Carolina, Wellspring Texas, Wellspring Hawaii, Wellspring Wisconsin, Wellspring Family Camp at Pinehurst, Wellspring Australia, and Wellspring UK; and afterschool programs: Wellspring Community Programs. Wellspring is a division of CRC Health.

'The Sierras Weight-Loss Solution for Teens and Kids' was written by the founders and program leaders of Wellspring. The book offers parents a 12-week proven program based on the school's curriculum focusing on healthy eating and making exercise a priority.

To learn more about Wellspring Academies, Wellspring Camps or Healthy Living Academies, visit http://www.wellspringweightloss.com or call 866-364-0808.

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