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 Los Angeles, Calif., February 20, 2013 – Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the parent entity of The Biggest Loser Resort, today announced that it will open its next destination resort this spring just outside Chicago.  The Biggest Loser Resort – Chicago will open in May 2013 in Itasca, IL and reside within the AAA Four Diamond rated Eaglewood Resort and Spa.  Offering the same award-winning, results-oriented program that guests have come to expect and enjoy at the company’s other locations, The Biggest Loser Resort-Chicago will be the first to feature “Four Diamond” accommodations, a championship golf course, and a breathtaking 75- foot indoor pool. This  location addresses the repeated requests of  guests from the midwest and Canada to locate a resort closer to home. The announcement was made today by Larry Bond, CEO, Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC. 
Fitness Ridge Worldwide, LLC is the exclusive licensee of NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products and Shine America for The Biggest Loser Resorts.

The Biggest Loser Resorts cater to adults of all fitness levels (and teens 14 and older) and focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition and education. The Resorts’ inspiration stems from what contestants on NBC’s hit weight loss series “The Biggest Loser” experience during their time on the show.  Spas of America recently recognized The Biggest Loser Resort with two top 5 rankings in their Top 100 Spas of 2012 listing. The resort in Utah was #1, and the resort in Malibu was #4. The Resorts have also received numerous readers’ choice awards from SpaFinder, and was recently named one of the top fitness vacation destinations by “The Biggest Loser” airs Mondays on NBC at 8 pm ET/PT.
“Expanding into Chicago is a very exciting step for us, and this resort will  allow us to continue our expansion into  corporate wellness,” said Bond, who is increasingly sought after by public and private entities as a thought leader on the challenges obesity presents. “Workforce health care costs are continuing to spiral out of control. One way to stem these costs is to prevent the chronic and complex diseases linked to being overweight and obese. Companies will now be able to combine traditional corporate training and retreats with a wellness solution that can work within the parameters of their business meeting. Our corporate wellness programs  provide  employees with a really fun way to learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle  and also promote teambuilding. We are able to provide these opportunities to corporations  because our boot camp style program is continuously embraced as the best weight-loss spa in the business.”
“We are incredibly proud of what The Biggest Loser Resort has come to mean for so many individuals,” said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products.  “These award-winning, ‘Biggest Loser’ branded resorts give people a great chance to focus on their personal health and wellness and provide the tools needed to really commit to a healthy lifestyle.”

Monica Austin, Senior Vice President, Business and Brand Development, Shine America added, "Recognizing the pressures of everyday life, The Biggest Loser Resorts have become a wonderful vacation destination to focus on one’s own health and well-being. By having more resort locations, we hope to make it easier for people to enjoy the experiences in gorgeous settings that might be closer to their homes."
The Biggest Loser Resort – Chicago is located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport, and sits on 106 acres offering scenic views, oak forests, three beautiful lakes, a championship golf course, and Four Diamond rated accommodations.  The Biggest Loser Resorts offer a minimum one-week wellness and weight loss program that combines morning hikes and an array of daily fitness classes, including kickboxing, yoga, spinning, biking, water aerobics, and others – all under the close supervision of certified personal trainers. In addition to expert fitness professionals, The Biggest Loser Resorts also feature onsite health practitioners, dietitians and seasoned nutrition experts, as well as executive chefs who prepare calorie-conscious, nutritionally balanced yet delicious spa cuisine meals.  The Resorts offer award-winning, on-site spas with a robust menu of different massage options, aesthetics, acupuncture and other rejuvenating therapeutic treatments.
The Biggest Loser Resort-Chicago, is scheduled to open in May 2013. Advance reservations are currently being taken at (877-825-8878).  For more information about The Biggest Loser Resorts, please visit 
About The Biggest Loser Resort
Since 2009, The Biggest Loser Resort has provided programs that encourage and empower people to lose weight and achieve balance in their lives through a strategic combination of fitness, nutrition, education, relaxation and extraordinary camaraderie.  Compassionate, world-class trainers and nutritional staff have helped many resort guests build endurance, know their bodies’ unique cues and triggers and transform their relationships with food in a safe, supportive environment.  The Biggest Loser is a registered trademark and copyright of NBC Studios, Inc. & Reveille LLC. Licensed by NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group 2013. All rights reserved.

About NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group
NBCUniversal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. NBCUniversal Television DVD, Music, and Consumer Products Group manages all global ancillary television business endeavors for the NBCUniversal Television Group, including third-party home entertainment distribution, consumer products, musical soundtracks, special markets projects and the NBCUniversal Online Store. For the latest product updates and an overview of the properties managed by the group, visit the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products portal at
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content and through its global Shine 360˚ division, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including “The Biggest Loser,” “Tabatha Takes Over” and “The Face;” adaptations of Shine Group formats “MasterChef,” “Minute to Win It,” “One Born Every Minute” and “Parental Control;” long-running scripted hits “The Office,” “Ugly Betty,” and “The Tudors;” and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit for further information.

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels™
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels™ represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations in unique destinations throughout the United States and internationally. Featuring extraordinary accommodations and award-winning service, many have been recognized with the prestigious Four Diamond designation. Most Benchmark Resorts & Hotels are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers™certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. For additional information and the location of properties, visit


Benchmark Resorts and Hotels Property Portfolio

For more than 25 years, Benchmark Resorts and Hotels has set the standard for integrity, quality and service in management and marketing services for resorts, conference centers, hotels, golf courses and spa services.

At all of the Benchmark properties the legacy of success is anchored in our philosophy of balanced living, learning and leisure™. It is the formula that creates the signature of unparalleled excellence in quality and service throughout the network of Benchmark resorts, hotels and conference centers.

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Scottsdale, Arizona
Yountville (Napa Valley), California
Chaminade Resort & Spa
Santa Cruz, California
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Naples Bay Resort
Naples, Florida
The Villas at Grand Cypress
Orlando, Florida
Marenas Beach Resort & Spa
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Costa d'Este Beach Resort
Vero Beach, Florida
ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa
Miami, Florida
Bonaventure Resort & Spa
Weston (Fort Lauderdale), Florida
Turtle Bay Resort
Kahuku, O'ahu, Hawaii
Eaglewood Resort and Spa
Itasca, Illinois
The Heldrich Hotel & Spa
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Downtown Conference Center
New York City, New York
Edith Macy Conference Center
Briarcliff Manor, New York
The Chattanoogan
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hotel Granduca
Houston, Texas
Hotel Contessa
San Antonio, Texas
Lakeside Resort & Residences
Flower Mound, Texas
Under Development
Sorrel River Ranch Resort
Moab, Utah
Inn at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
Bellevue Park Hotel
Bellevue, Washington
Hotel 1000
Seattle, Washington
Sorrento Hotel
Seattle, Washington
Willows Lodge
Woodinville, Washington
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia
Snow King Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tokyo Conference Center
Tokyo, JAPAN
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean