Frostburg State University students lined FSU’s Leake Room on March 2 for a chance to compete in the second annual “Are You the Biggest Loser on Campus?” wellness competition hosted by FSU’s CHILL (Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles), Brady Health Center and the Department of Health and Physical Education.
With 100 participants in 22 teams, it’s clear that more and more students are motivated to compete in this seven-week long wellness competition that emphasizes fitness, nutrition, social support and stress management. Teams are awarded points for participating in wellness activities hosted throughout campus, such as doing Activities for Life’s fitness programs, donating blood to the American Red Cross, attending seminars and workshops on stress management and turning in weekly nutrition logs. “Are You the Biggest Loser on Campus?” will run through May 4, when the first, second and third place teams with the highest number of points earned will be recognized and receive CHILL prizes.
“Although we playfully borrow the name of the popular television show, ‘The Biggest Loser,’ this is not a weight-loss competition,” said April Baer, project coordinator for University Wellness. “We are emphasizing wellness in every facet of our participants’ lives–stress management as well as nutrition and exercise. It’s true that some participants will see major changes in their waistlines because they’re more conscious about what they are eating and how they are treating their bodies.”
Student coordinator and CHILL intern Kimber Williams, an Exercise and Sports Science major, is taking the reins and leading this year’s competition by making subtle yet significant changes. As a part of this year’s competition, students can participate in free wellness seminars hosted by leading wellness experts on campus. Following the competition’s launch, Glenn Cain, the strength and conditioning coordinator and fitness director for FSU, spoke to the participants about the importance of fitness and working out in a safe and effective manner. As part of programming later during the competition, Registered Nurse Julie Miller of Brady Health Center and Mimi Hernandez, outreach coordinator for the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, will talk about proper nutrition on a fixed budget and managing stress while in college.
Last year’s winners saw dramatic results in their own health–the top team lost a combined total of 77 pounds. Winning participant Tiffany Reid lost 18 pounds by teaming up with her roommate and teammate Shawna Spriggs to focus on healthy eating. Following last year’s competition’s completion, Reid has gone on to lose a total of 30 pounds, going from a size 14 to 8, and is still following the advice of her former trainer, Keisha Lewis. “I feel a difference. I am much more confident,” Reid said. “I have more energy to do stuff and it’s easier to make healthy decisions now because it’s a habit.”
Reid’s advice to current participants is to stay committed to the process. “Stick with it! Even if you don’t feel the results now, you will see it in the end,” she said. “When you start making healthy choices, it’s not fun; but once you learn how, you start to love it. You can do it!”
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 email@example.com. To learn more about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.
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