The statistics are alarming: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) are obese. If you’re overweight or obese and want to do something about it, there are lots of fitness facilities and personal trainers willing to help.

But a local program by Evolution Fitness in east and west Boca Raton looks especially good.

The 90-day Transformation Challenge at Evolution Fitness begins Jan. 6. What differentiates it? The program offers camaraderie (so, you’re not alone), nutritional education, accountability (weigh-ins and before and after photos) and a track record of success. I also like this program because it focuses on making realistic lifestyle changes. It’s not based on gimmick weight-loss products.

Those who take the challenge pay $125 over and above what they would pay for fitness classes at Evolution Fitness, according to east Boca Evolution Fitness owner Mark Van Bourgondien. For that $125, participants receive an orientation seminar, nutrition seminars held every other Saturday, regular body fat and weight checks, professional before and after photos, and weight loss evaluations and assessments. The agreement is that you’ll exercise at least three times a week—whether that’s at Evolution Fitness or elsewhere.

The classes at Evolution Fitness are $15 each, or package pricing is available.

Sounds like a nice, neat weight loss package for the New Year. For more information, call the west Boca location (9045 La Fontana Blvd., #120) at 561/929-1768, or the east Boca location (221 E. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 221) at 561/289-3383. For more information, go to


One more thing

Scripps Research Institute announced earlier this month that two noted Harvard scientists, Professor Michael R. Farzan and Associate Professor Hyeryun Choe, have joined the research team at the Jupiter campus.

The scientists are involved in Scripps’ viral research, aimed at advancing diagnoses and treatments of HIV, SARS and other viral infections. Farzan graduated with his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard Medical School. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Choe conducted postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty there.