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Jay Jacobs lost an amazing 181 pounds in 8 months as a contestant with his daughter, Jennifer, on NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. He was the only guy standing in the Final 4 at the Season 11 finale. Since then, Jay has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay’s not inspiring others through his speaking engagements, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

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Jay Jacobs, a 54-year-old entrepreneur from New Jersey, was a contestant on the eleventh season of NBC's hit weight-loss reality show, The Biggest Loser. Known as one of the strongest teams to beat, Jay and his daughter, Jen, were the Green Team and lost a combined total of 295 pounds on the show! Jay started to put on weight as a child, but the greatest weight gain came as an adult. Before the show, Jay called himself "functionally fat" and had tried to lose weight his whole adult life. He had even lost over 100 pounds several times—only to gain it all back. In the fall of 2009, he hit his highest weight of 435 pounds.

Jay tried out for The Biggest Loser because it was his daughter Jennifer's dream. Soon, though, Jay came to find out that he needed the show even more than Jennifer did. Chosen from a casting call of over 250,000 hopefuls, Jay started the show at 400 pounds. Affectionately tagged by world-renowned trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels as the "man with nine lives," Jay barely made it onto the show after being diagnosed with near fatal heart arrhythmia due to a severe case of sleep apnea. Never finishing first, but always finishing strong no matter what challenge was set before him, Jay became one of America's favorite contestants. In fact, against all odds and competing against an Olympic Gold Medalist, Jay made it to the coveted Final Four as the only man left standing and after losing an amazing 181 pounds in just eight months.

Since the show, Jay Jacobs has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay's not speaking, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

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What You're For Strengthens You

Learn the secret to unlocking your Personal Best!

Eating right, getting regular exercise, and living at a healthy weight give all of us the best shot at living a long and healthy life. We all know that, but why don't we live that?

Through his story of physical, mental, and spiritual transformation on and after his appearance on the reality show The Biggest Loser, Jay shares how he came to learn that there are two "You's" that control everything in our lives: A "You" that can strengthen us and a "You" that can weaken us. The only real roadblocks to unlocking YOUr "Personal Best" in all the areas of YOUr life are with YOUrself. And as we all know, that's the toughest opponent we face every day.

Jay sets the bar high for himself and his presentations—he wants to change people's lives. Moved and motivated by his story, audience members will leave Jay's program with the tools to begin to unlock their Personal Best!

SHiFT from Weight Loss to Wellness

Lose weight successfully and keep it off!

Eating right, getting regular exercise, and living at a healthy weight give all of us the best shot at living a long and healthy life. We all know that, but why don't we live that?

Learn how to "shift" your thinking and move from temporary weight loss to life-long wellness. By changing eating habits and exercise beliefs, audiences learn how to develop a wellness mindset. Through positive, long-term thinking and behavioral changes, people can embrace a balanced lifestyle and become healthy and fit for life!

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