Press Release

Healthier Together Seminar to be held at HLGU, January 28

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blessing Health System and Hannibal Regional Healthcare System are teaming up to promote women’s health. The series began in October with a speaker on breast health. The quarterly series continues on January 28 and 29 as the systems tackle the topic of heart health with former Biggest Loser contestant Tracey Yukich.


Yukich had one of the most surprising transformations as a contestant in Season 8 of NBC’s hit TV show, The Biggest Loser. After collapsing from heat stroke during a one-mile run the first day on camera, Yukich spent two weeks in the hospital where she learned she had plaque on her heart at the young age of 37.


Little did she know, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Worldwide, 8.6 million die each year from heart disease; one-third of all deaths in women. For Tracey Yukich, the startling discovery on the Biggest Loser was a real wake-up call and the show became a launch pad to a new life. Since leaving the show, her weight is now a healthy 130 and her heart health issues have completely reversed.


Yukich is also now an AFAA certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor with a nutrition license. On the days of the Healthier Together events, she will host a free lunchtime workout to show women what they can do to stay on track when they only have a short time to spare. Women are encouraged to register for the workout at the YMCA of Hannibal on January 28 or at the Quincy Family YMCA on January 29. Both workouts will run 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.


Healthier Together seminars take place on back-to-back evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Hannibal and Quincy. On January 28, women can listen to Yukich’s inspirational story at the Mabee Sports Complex on Hannibal LaGrange University’s campus. The next night, Yukich will be at the Paul Heath Community Education and Fine Arts Center at John Wood Community College in Quincy. 

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations