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FSU’s "Biggest Loser" Competition for Students a Huge Success
06/16/2010

Program Organized by CHILL, Department of Health and Physical Education

Frostburg State University students showed their dedication to health and wellness during the course of the second annual “Are You the Biggest Loser on Campus?” competition organized by FSU’s “Creating Healthy, Informed Lasting Lifestyles” (CHILL) and the Department of Health and Physical Education. Fourteen teams featuring a total of 78 students participated during the course of the two-month long event that began March 2 and ran through May 4 and challenged students to eat healthy, exercise and think critically about their overall health and well-being, including fitness, nutrition and stress management.

Overseen by senior exercise and sports science major Kimber Williams, teams were awarded points for participating in healthy activities, including attending wellness seminars, donating blood and participating in FSU’s Relay for Life event.

Teams Ladybug KAKE, The Amazing Ladies and Steez Nation were the top winners, based on their teams’ efforts in participating in wellness events and working out as a team throughout the competition.

Katy Baird, a senior majoring in business administration and member of the first-place Ladybug KAKE team, lost over 12 pounds by changing her lifestyle to make her health more of a priority. “Prior to this past semester, I hadn’t really focused on health concerns,” Baird said. “I have since changed my diet and exercise habits and I’ve begun living a much healthier lifestyle.”

Williams motivated student volunteers to serve as personal trainers for the teams, seeking to enhance their physical wellness. Williams also utilized campus resources from CHILL, Brady Health Center, the Student Health Advisory Council and the Health and Physical Education Department to educate student participants on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Emphasis was placed on the total well-being of each student, including mental and social wellness.

“The program went well and many of the participants had a good time striving to reach their goals – they now know that it is possible to successfully lose weight by engaging in healthy activities,” Williams said.

Participant Adrienne Tracey, a junior education major, has participated in CHILL’s “Are You the Biggest Loser on Campus?” for the past two years. She has found that engaging in this program gives her the opportunity to embrace wellness with her friends. “I love going to all of the different programs offered by the CHILL program. I have really enjoyed the program.”

“Are You the Biggest Loser on Campus?” is a program designed, coordinated and managed by students for students. CHILL, Brady Health Center and the Health and Physical Education Department will offer the program again in spring 2011.

In addition to “Are You the Biggest Loser,” CHILL has successfully developed and organized various educational outreach activities since 2008 that focus on health and wellness, including student biomedical screenings to target health conditions, workshops led by nationally renowned fitness expert Scott Cole and campus community walks organized as part of popular University traditions like Homecoming. As a result of CHILL’s success and the University’s overall focus on health and wellness, in spring 2009 FSU was recognized as a “Fit-Friendly Company” by the American Heart Association and received a “Worksite Innovation Award” from AHA for its efforts to promote and foster an institutional culture of health and physical activity in the workplace. The University’s status as a “Fit-Friendly Company” was reaffirmed by AHA in spring 2010.

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 CHILL, visit www.frostburg.edu/chill or e-mail wellness@frostburg.edu. To learn more about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of 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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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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