BWC celebrating 25 years

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DALTON, Ga. – Bradley Wellness Center will celebrate 25 years in the Dalton community this October, as the wellness arm of Hamilton Medical Center. The celebration will culminate in an event on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Center.

Part of the celebration event will be announcing the winner of the Bradley Healthier You Challenge, a competition where 10 local residents have been losing weight and learning how to be healthier. Challengers include Barry Batchelor, Sara Davis, Jessica Garcia, Angela Hartshorn, Mark Irwin, Cindy McClure, Donna Newsome, Carol Pierce, Jose Rivera and Cynthia Thornton.

"The Bradley Healthier You Challenge participants have been amazing!" said Leslie Roberts, registered dietician who has been presenting nutrition information to the participants. "They've learned a lot and lost a lot."


 Ali Vincent, the Season 5 winner of “The Biggest Loser,” will give a presentation at Bradley Wellness Center’s 25th anniversary event on Oct. 13.

Also, the event will include a presentation by Ali Vincent, the Season 5 winner of “The Biggest Loser” and the first female winner. A former champion synchronized swimmer, Vincent set foot on “The Biggest Loser” ranch weighing 234 pounds. After weeks of hard work and dedication to health and fitness on the ranch and at home, she stepped on the scale at the finale weighing in at 122 pounds – 112 pounds less than her starting weight.

Partners for the event include WDEF News 12, Hampton Inn, JCPenney and Tease Salon.

"We really appreciate our partners for this celebration," said Jennifer Johnson, outreach manager for Hamilton. "They've added a lot to our celebration."

Space is limited for the event, and tickets are necessary. To reserve up to three tickets (while available), members and non-members can call BWC at 706-278-9355. A few people can win a ticket to participate in a meet and greet with Vincent. Call BWC to find out how to win. Childcare will be available, though space is limited.

Leading up to the event, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 13, BWC is offering "25 Days of Wellness." Members and non-members can sample fitness education, group fitness, nutrition classes and more at no charge during this time. Participants will have opportunities to win prizes through daily promotions.

“In 1986, when BWC opened its doors, the theme was ‘It’s a whole new attitude,’ reflecting BWC's goal of showing people how to reduce their risk of illness or injury," said Shawn Molsberger, Hamilton Medical Center vice president. "That goal is still alive 25 years later. Staff members continue to show you how to live a healthier, more productive life, and how preventive health measures can pay off for you, your family and your employees."

The idea for BWC came from Dr. Paul Bradley, the first physician on the hospital board. One evening after arriving home from the hospital, he started flipping through a magazine. He came across an article on the high cost of employee health care benefits. The article outlined how one company focused on wellness – encouraging employees to implement healthy habits – and saw a reduction in their employee health care costs.  Bradley showed the article to then CEO Norman Burkett and discussed how the concept could be implemented at Hamilton Medical Center and in the surrounding community.   Several months went by before Bradley was notified that a plan was underway to raise money to build a wellness center – and that it would be named in honor of him.  

“Dr. Bradley’s vision of wellness was the motivation for Bradley Wellness Center becoming a reality,” said Molsberger.

BWC has developed a new logo for the facility to coincide with the 25th anniversary. The sign near the road will be updated soon as well as other signage throughout the facility.

BWC continues to provide the latest information and techniques for enhancing health, with the assurance of medically sound programs under the supervision of a highly qualified staff.

For more information, call 706-278-9355 or visit