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UMBC Continuing and Professional Studies Creates Successful ‘Biggest Loser’ Program!

In January of 2010, a group of women in the department of Continuing and Professional Studies started their own Biggest Loser program. Each participate paid $25 to take part. While the initial incentive was to win the money, the group quickly realized it wasn’t just about the cash. Over a six month period, ten participants began counting calories, exercising and coaching one another along. They invited guest speakers from athletics and health services to provide information about healthy eating habits and proper exercise regiments. Individual goals were set to provide momentum and weekly weight loss was awarded with a “Biggest Winner” certificate of achievement.

In the end a total of 116.6 pounds were lost. While some were more successful than others, it turned out that everyone was a winner. Participants are eating better and have increased their level of activity. Most importantly, the group learned to support each other and work together towards a common goal. We encourage other departments to try their own Biggest Loser program and have included a couple of resources that we used in our program below. We would welcome any questions on how to get started. Feel free to contact Bridget Stone (a.k.a. Jillian) at bstone1@umbc.edu or x58490 for more information.

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