February 10th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
In the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge , six selected viewers will participate in a six-month training program. Each will receive all the gear, training and nutritional support necessary to complete the race and will compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta on August 7 in the Nautica New York City Triathlon.
Talking about health and fitness is a way of life for Dr. Scott Zahn, a 46-year-old pediatrician from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In fact, Scott spends all day talking about it with his overweight patients and their parents, but he himself is not fit.
“I’ve been part of ‘unfit nation’ for many years – I’ve struggled with my weight. It’s gone up and down,” he said. "As a pediatrician I should set a better example for my patients,"
So when he visited his own doctor in December after many years of not going, he was not entirely surprised by what the doctor had to say.
“I left that appointment on three new medications – two for my blood pressure, and one for my cholesterol,” he said. “I have a very strong family history of both cardiac disease and diabetes, so I’m set up to have both of those problems unless I make a change now.”
So, Scott decided it was now, or never for him.
The father of four immediately started making healthier food choices, began running and biking indoors, and submitted his application for the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge.
“When the call came from Dr. Gupta I was starting to get comfortable with the routine,” he said. “It was now time to start taking it up a notch.”
He hit the gym even harder, and before coming to Atlanta for the CNN team’s kickoff weekend, he had already lost 25 pounds.
“I have seen great results,” he wrote to CNN producers. “Recently, my physician cut one of my medications in half, and is considering stopping one of the two blood pressure medications that I am currently taking.”
After a successful kickoff weekend, Scott has returned to Green Bay, and with the help of his trainer Corey Kuzner, is excited to keep racking up the wins.
“Just like the Green Bay Packers' pursuit of the Lombardi Trophy, the ‘six-pack’ is working towards a common goal – crossing the finish line at the 2011 NYC triathlon. I can’t let my teammates down!” he said.
“I see the NYC triathlon as a huge challenge, but I look forward to it, and I think it would be a good step towards a healthier lifestyle.”
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