Have you ever said you would be healthier if you were a celebrity and could pay a professional to help you? Well here’s your pro. Actually, here are four. It’s always easier to take steps in the right direction when you have someone showing you the way; this is the foundation of all the Challenges we’ve been doing here at Spa Week Daily. In honor of Spa Week Spring 2012 and our mission to spread health and wellness to the masses, we’ve joined forces with four celebrity-status wellness experts to help you get and stay healthy from the inside out with Spa Week’s Spa & Wellness Challenge. It’s a battle to the health! (There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition.)

From now until April 30 our experts are competing for your health! They want YOU on their team. They want YOU to take THEIR challenge based on their signature wellness philosophy for a better, happier and healthier life. There are four different teams so you can pick the one that you most identify with. The Nutrition team is being led by TODAY Show Nutritionist Joy Bauer, the Fitness Team is being coached by The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince, the Yoga Team is finding zen with famous yogi Elena Brower, and award-winning dermatologist Dr. Michelle Copeland is after the health of your skin on the Skincare Team. All you have to do to join The Spa & Wellness Challenge is pick a team based on each expert’s challenge (we know, it’s a tough choice!). Then upload a picture + caption that represents you taking on your expert’s challenge. Let’s work together to get healthy together!

Here’s the best part: the team member with the most votes from each team wins a $1,000 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week! Now, let’s meet our Team Captains:

Joy Bauer’s Nutrition Team

Challenge: Eat your veggies before dinner.

Wellness Philosophy: Start dinner each night with a vegetable first course. Enjoy a salad with low-cal dressing, a broth-based veggie soup, or a handful of baby carrots, sugar snap peas or cherry tomatoes. You’ll get fuller faster on the good stuff and also be more aware of what you’re eating the rest of the meal when you eat your veggies first.

Meet Joy: Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN is America’s favorite and most trusted nutrition expert. As the nutrition and health expert for the TODAY show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. She also hosts the program’s popular “Joy Fit Club” series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise alone (learn more about Joy’s foolproof weight-loss strategies in her latest book, Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan, and Inspiration, April 2012). In addition, Joy is the exclusive nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and the author of multiple bestselling books, including the newly revised & updated Joy Bauer’s Food Cures (2011), Your Inner Skinny, and Slim and Scrumptious. As AOL and Everyday Health’s nutrition expert and the creator of JoyBauer.com, Joy provides the latest nutrition, health and diet-related information to millions of online readers. Joy is also a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine. Learn more about Joy on her website; follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Dolvett’s Fitness Team

Challenge: Excersice during the commercials.

Wellness Philosophy: Dolvett’s fitness mantra is “no excuses.” Even if you’re a couch potato or a homebody, there’s no reason not to get your blood pumping. While you tune in to watch your favorite show, exercise one body part during each commercial break until the show comes back. Aim to do 10 or more repetitions per body part during each commercial break.

Meet Dolvett: An IFFA and ISSA certified trainer, Dolvett Quince developed his company, Body Sculptor Inc., to help people transform their mind, body and soul. His regimen focuses on weight loss, nutrition, strength training and cardiovascular exercise and his style and reputation for success have attracted the attention of professional athletes and celebrities alike. Dolvett can currently be seen on NBC’s hit “The Biggest Loser,” now in its 13th season. In 2004, he opened his first Body Sculptor Fitness Studio in Atlanta and has built it into the city’s premiere health and fitness center. Dolvett’s business attracts such clients as Janet Jackson, Baltimore Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox, actor Michael Jai White and many more. Additionally, world-wide pop sensation Justin Bieber hired Dolvett to train him on his latest tour. He also developed the renowned “Me and My Chair Workout” DVD, a low-impact, high-intensity 30-minute workout system that helps users tone up and slim down while using only a household chair as equipment. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Atlanta. Learn more about Dolvett on his website, www.bodysculptorinc.com, follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Elena’s Yoga Team

Challenge: Meditate for 5 minutes a day.

Wellness Philosophy: Meditation is about cultivating more alertness and better listening, so you can be a better parent, partner, sibling, friend, employee, and overall person. Elena recommends just to sit and simply watch your breathing rise and fall. If you sense tightness somewhere in your body, breathe there. Science has proven it time and time again: meditation positively affects your health and quality of life.

Meet Elena: Jonah’s mama, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, Elena Brower has been teaching yoga for 14+ years. She trained to teach with Cyndi Lee, then began studying Anusara® yoga with John Friend. After ten years of study with Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory, and recent in-depth study with the Handel Group™, Elena’s teaching offers the practices of yoga as a way to approach our world with reverence and gratitude. Her classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; pure empowerment for your body, mind and heart. She has been honoured to travel all over to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but Elena’s true passion is shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. She holds Reiki Levels I/II Certification and practices Pranic Healing. She loves collaborative teaching and has taught alongside many notable colleagues. She’s been featured on major networks and is the voice for Deepak Chopra’s video game LEELA. Elena is also the Executive Producer of the series of short films ON MEDITATION. Along with her own Art of Attention writings, Elena contributes to the Huffington Post and many popular blogs. Elena’s recently developed an essential oil blend called GIVE that benefits Women For Women International, with another scent in the works. Learn more at www.virayoga.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Dr. Copeland’s Skincare Team

Challenge: Wear SPF every day.

Wellness Philosophy: Dr. Copeland’s skincare philosophy stems from her very own Beautiful Skin Workout, which highlights five simple steps to beautiful skin in six weeks. Sun protection is the most important step you can take to improve skin. UVA and UVB rays are skin’s number one enemy and sun block should be worn every day on at least the face and hands. Dr. Copeland’s five-step Beautiful Skin Workout steps are: Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate, Activate, Moisturize and Protect.

Meet Dr. Copeland: World-renowned, Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, biochemist, and best-selling author, Dr. Michelle Copeland is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical School, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery and the American College of Maxillofacial Surgeons. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research, advising Congress on health issues affecting women. She has been profiled in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the NBC Today Show, The View, Good Morning America and the CBS Morning Show. She is the author of Change Your Looks, Change Your Life, a guide to “quick fixes” and solutions for looking younger, feeling healthier and living better. Her latest book The Beautiful Skin Workout, demonstrates how to erase 90% of skin flaws in six to eight weeks. Dr. Copeland is the first and only woman biochemist and plastic surgeon to develop a full range of skin care and ground-breaking anti-aging products. She personally develops and tests all of her products and uses only the purest ingredients and cutting-edge technology. Many celebrities demand her products, which are now available to everyone. Learn more at www.drcopeland.com, on her blog, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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