Grand Millennium al Wahda’s 33 biggest shrinkers lose 256 kilos in 8 weeks

Press release
Published December 8th, 2011 - 07:20 GMT

Last night, Grand Millennium Al Wahda concluded its Biggest Shrinker challenge at an awards ceremony in the hotel’s ballroom. Crowned the Biggest Shrinker of them all, Mr. Gregory Brewer, 40 years old, from USA, took home the first prize worth AED 20,000. In second and third place, Mrs. Vera Invanova, 46 years old, from Jordan, and Deniz Jamal, 36 years old, from Iraq, were given prizes worth AED 8,000 and AED 5,000 respectively in recognition of their great achievements. 

The evening saw many of the 33 original participants in the challenge join in the celebrations with their families. Over the course of the eight week programme, the 33 shrinkers lost 256 kg altogether, through a combination of exercise, a healthy diet, and a change in lifestyle. The programme, which featured a combination of group classes, individual exercise plans, and motivational speakers from the field of sports, nutrition and health, ensured the results are just the first step on the road to a new healthier way of life.     

Michael Sorgenfrey, General Manager of Grand Millennium Al Wahda and a keen sportsman, congratulated the group: “We are all tremendously impressed with the results you have all achieved. This is more than just about weight loss. I know that many of you have fully embraced a more active lifestyle, which will keep you healthy for years to come. We have a first class health club, and I am delighted to see it so well used. At Grand Millennium Al Wahda our commitment is our guests, not just in terms of our exemplary service standards but our commitment to their well-being too.”

The Biggest Shrinker programme follows a corporate commitment across all Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in the Middle East to introduce a range of meals suitable for diabetics.

Johan Brand, Assistant Recreational Manager, said: “It has been a pleasure working with this great group of motivated, determined people, all committed to making a positive change in their lives. Based on the fantastic results and great reception for the programme, we will certainly consider another round in the spring.”  

Part of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel companies with more than 120 owned and managed hotels across 20 countries, the five star deluxe Grand Millennium Al Wahda is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi's business district and attached to Al Wahda Mall. The hotel offers high levels of personal service combined with state-of-the-art-technology, whilst boasting the city's largest spa and health club, and a stunning rooftop outdoor swimming pool.