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At the age of 40, Bill was informed that he was classified as obese which put him at risk for fatty liver disease. This diagnosis, along with several other compelling factors was motivation enough for Bill to make important and necessary changes in his life, as it pertained to his diet and exercise habits. Now Bill has joined ALF in the fight against liver disease as the National Chair of the Liver Life Walk.
Today the American Liver Foundation announced Bill Germanakos, Season 4 winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser has been named the national chairman of the ALF Liver Life Walk.
In making the announcement, ALF President and CEO Rick Smith said, "We are very fortunate to have Bill Germanakos join in the fight against liver disease. Mr. Germanakos has demonstrated how a healthy lifestyle can lead to good health and to prevent illnesses such as fatty liver disease. Mr. Germanakos will be a symbol to all who participate in the Liver Life Walk that through your own healthy actions you can make strides to improve your health and at the same time help others."
The Liver Life Walk is the American Liver Foundation’s primary fund raising campaign. Walks are conducted in 40 cities with a dual goal of raising awareness of liver disease and raising funds to the mission of the Foundation to provide education and support research projects. For information on how to join the Liver Life Walk click here.
Bill Germanakos was one of 18 contestants on the fourth season of the NBC hit reality show "The Biggest Loser". Bill is 43 years old, from Lynbrook, New York. At the age of 40 during a consult with his physician, Bill was informed that he was not only classified as obese, but had seriously high blood pressure and several health factors, including high cholesterol, which put him at risk for heart disease, diabetes and fatty liver disease. These diagnoses, along with several other compelling factors, such as the recent death of a close family friend and the fact that his father had died young, was motivation enough for Bill to decide to make important and necessary changes in his life, as it pertained to his diet and exercise habits.
He’s been married to wife Stephanie for more than 17 years, and the two have three beautiful children, ages 15, 12 and 10. The thought of not being there to walk his two daughters down the aisle was a major contributing factor for him as well.
Bill’s mantra on "The Biggest Loser" was: "To become half the man, so that he could be twice the man", and standing at 5′ 8″, Bill went from weighing in at 334 lbs to 170 lbs, losing a total of 164 lbs, or 49.1% of his starting body weight.
At the live finale of this show this past December, Bill was declared the winner of the fourth season of The Biggest Loser, and was awarded the first prize of $ 250,000. Now that Bill has become "Half the Man", he strives every day to be "Twice the Man", for himself, in his career and especially for his family. After having been reeducated about diet and exercise, his goal is to "pay it forward" by helping to educate those who also struggle with obesity.
Bill now works as a professional motivational speaker, and promotes wellness and healthy living as the Director of Corporate Wellness Initiatives for Quest Diagnostics. For more information on Bill, or to inquire about a speaking engagement or personal appearance, please visit his web site at: www.WeightLossTwins.com.
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