Doing Good While Losing Weight

DOING GOOD WHILE LOSING WEIGHT

Capt. Kate Jones of the McLeod County Jail gets motivated to help area food banks while participating in a statewide wellness competition.

GLENCOE – Kate Jones already was quite active, cross-country skiing and doing aerobics, but she joined the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge to keep herself motivated and help others through its food drive.

Jones is thrilled that the Minnesota Alliance team raised the nearly 60,000 pounds of donations to food banks through the Pound for Pound Challenge. For every pound of weight participants pledged to lose, a pound of groceries got delivered to local food banks.

During the statewide wellness competition, she gained inspiration by “being able to be a part of something bigger than myself. The knowledge that a portion of our results would be able to benefit our local food shelves was a huge motivator for me,” says Jones, who is administrator of the McLeod County Jail. “The Challenge was an awesome way to involve so many people.”
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He’s a Prize-Winning Weight Loser

HE’S A PRIZE-WINNING WEIGHT LOSER

Cory Marquart of Morris earns a one-year gym membership by focusing on fitness during statewide wellness competition.

MORRIS – Cory Marquart never wants to let down his team, whether he is volunteering as a member of the Morris Fire Department or participating in the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge. That loyalty motivated him to exercise for 3,600 hours during the health and wellness competition and won him a free year-long membership to Snap Fitness. The prize was part of the Challenge, which attracted 22,000 participants across Minnesota.

“I have been working out for a while now, and sometimes getting excited to go work out can be hard,” says Marquart, an engineer at the University of Minnesota–Morris’s Renewable Energy Center. “I knew that I could help my team out, and I didn’t want to let the team down.”
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Well-Rounded Wellness Guides Strong Performance

Normandale Community College was a force to be reckoned with during the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge. Two of its four teams placed in the top five of the Colleges and Universities Division, including one team that won third place in exercise and another that captured third place in nutrition. Along the way, employees got inspired to exercise more, eat healthier, and lose weight.

“We are all glad we did it. We developed some good habits that we are endeavoring to maintain,” says Michael Berndt, captain of team ASPIRE, which won the Division’s third place in nutrition and fifth place in exercise. Tracking exercise, nutrition, and weight during the competition “made us more conscious of the choices we were making, so when those decisions came up we were less likely to choose poorly.”
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Registration Webchat with O’Neal Hampton at KARE 11

A clip from the live KARE11 webchat with Former Biggest Loser contestant O’Neal Hampton and KARE11’s Tim McNiff during registration for the Biggest Loser Minnesota Challenge:

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