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FSU’s “Biggest Loser” Competition for Students a Huge Success
06/17/2011

More than 140 Frostburg State University students took the annual challenge to actively engage and participate in the annual “Biggest Loser” program sponsored by Frostburg State University’s CHILL (Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles) and the Health and Physical Education Department.

The eight-week competition rewarded students for attending wellness seminars and group workout sessions, submitting weekly nutrition logs, donating blood and participating in FSU’s annual Relay for Life events. The 35 participating teams were each also assigned a free personal trainer from FSU’s Department of Health & Physical Education’s exercise and sports science academic program.

Though the emphasis of the program was not on weight loss, teams noted a difference in their waistlines through the course of the program. By writing down their daily food intake and being exposed to new wellness topics during the evening seminars, students were taught skills that seek to challenge complacency and encourage activity.

This year’s top winning teams were “Divine Determination,” “Vicious Vixens” and “Shake-N-Bake.” Team “Divine Determination” included students Candice McGlen, Kirstin Fuller, Victoria Pidich and Markeeda Peterson. Trained by graduating senior Amanda Jenkins, the team lost a combined total of 38.5 pounds over the eight-week period, by consistently working out as a group and documenting their nutritional intake each week. One team member noted how the weekly nutrition reports helped her to “be conscious of what I was putting into my body.” Winning team member Pidich was also a part of the winning team “The Fantastic Four” in 2009, during which she and her teammates lost a combined total of 77 pounds.

Members of Team “Vicious Vixens,” Nicole Wilson, Heather Vosburg, Amanda Matousek and Bradley Petefish, said working out with a peer personal trainer, exercise and sports science major Markese Hayden, helped them to reach their wellness goals. The team noted a combined 30-pound weight loss.

Team “Shake-N-Bake” had two team members who have participated in the “Biggest Loser” program for three straight years. Team members Erin Knadler and Rose Trimper have been able to apply the wellness strategies each year. “Not only have I lost weight each year, but I have kept it off and lost more weight each year after that,” said Knadler. Knadler and Trimper’s team was rounded out with members Kelsey Frydl and Arlec Cabrera. All are graduating seniors who are leaving FSU as healthier, happier adults.

Originally launched in September 2008 with a contribution from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, CHILL promotes health practices and education among college students and the local community. To learn more about FSU’s “Biggest Loser” competition or CHILL, visit www.frostburg.edu/chill or e-mail wellness@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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