Registration opens for Florence's Biggest Loser 2016
Story by Shamira McCray, Morning News
The United Way of Florence County wants to lead 80 individuals
towards a healthier lifestyle through Florence’s Biggest Loser.
10-week weight-loss, healthy-lifestyle competition will return for the
third year in January and contestants will have the chance to win over
$1,000 in cash and prizes.
With a registration fee of $150,
contestants will receive free membership to the McLeod Health and
Fitness Center for the duration of their participation in the contest,
fitness training sessions with certified trainers, nutrition counseling
by a registered dietitian and nutritionist, prizes and the creation of a
happier and healthier self. Funds raised will help the United Way with
its annual campaign.
“It’s healthy living,” said
Rachel Baggett, director of marketing and initiatives for United Way of
Florence County. “We don’t want them just to come in there and think,
‘Oh, we’re going to lose weight.’ We want them to walk away knowing how
to live a healthy lifestyle, knowing how to eat right, exercise right,
get in the right mindset for it, too.”
Contestants will participate in
several activities throughout the 10 weeks including an opportunity to
workout with a Francis Marion University basketball team, attend a
healthy potluck meal to encourage family members to start a healthy
lifestyle and participate in a mentor night with previous Biggest Loser
contestants, among other activities.
Baggett said many activities
from previous years will be held again this year including the Kayak
Attack competition. There will be incentives throughout the competition
to keep contestants motivated.
Much like the TV show “The
Biggest Loser,” Baggett said Florence’s Biggest Loser is a competition
to push people to a healthier lifestyle and to get them to the beginning
steps of where they want to be.
“We really hope it helps people
even when they’re done with the competition, they still continue to work
out, continue to eat healthy, continue to lead healthier lifestyles,”
For people who want to benefit from the competition but not participate, Baggett said helpful information will be posted at www.burnandlearnflorence.com and published in the Morning News.
Sponsors for this annual
competition are the United Way of Florence County, Morning News, McLeod
Health and Health Facilities Federal Credit Union.
Registration will begin today
and run until Jan. 5 for Florence’s Biggest Loser. People can register
at the United Way of Florence County office on Palmetto Street in
Florence from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.burnandlearnflorence.com .
Baggett said participants must
be at least 18 years old by Jan. 17 when the competition begins. Certain
health conditions may prohibit people from participating. Applications
will be reviewed by certified trainers with McLeod Health and Fitness.
Contact the United Way at 843-662-2407 for more information.