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Biggest Loser Finalist Sonya Jones To Speak At Ladies Night Out January 16

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Washington County Hospital (WCH) and Washington County Health Department (WCHD) are excited to announce the upcoming Annual Ladies Night Out, “Ladies Be Well”.

This event is scheduled for Monday, January 16 at the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville.

The cost to attend this event is $16 and you are encouraged to reserve your seat with the WCHD at 618-327-3644 by January 11.

There will be tickets available at the door, but these might be limited so please reserve your seats in advance if possible. The event will begin with dinner at 6:00 p.m. then two speakers to follow.

There will also be attendance prizes and wine tasting.

The first speaker of the evening will be Nancy Newby, CEO of WCH. She will present the results from the Community Assessment and a new Wellness Guide.

The second speaker will be Sonya Jones from the NBC Reality Show The Biggest Loser and Outreach Representative for HSHS Medical Group. Sonya will be talking about health, wellness and fitness strategies.

Sonya Jones captured the attention and hearts of viewers with her upbeat attitude and dedication to succeed during her tenure in Season 16 of NBC’s TV show The Biggest Loser.  Sonya was the only female finalist in the show’s 16th season. 

Before becoming a contestant on the show, Sonya admits that she struggled with self-worth and self- confidence.  She had been overweight her entire life and was determined to make a change.  As an elementary physical education teacher, Sonya knew she should be the model of health and fitness. Instead, Sonya stood on the scale feeling embarrassed and like a hypocrite at 283 pounds in June 2014. Six months later Jones stepped onto the scale and into the hearts of millions of Americans as she dropped a whopping 144 pounds and had lost 50.88% of her body weight.

Sonya Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at Greenville College in Greenville.  She was a two-time Collegiate All-American in fastpitch softball as well as a semi-professional athlete.  She also earned Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Sonya is an Outreach Representative for HSHS Medical Group and is a certified speaker with the John Maxwell Team.

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