UMBC Wellness Initiative

Success Stories : October 2010

Continuing and Professional Studies Department

This spring we started a 6-month Biggest Loser program. We each paid $25 and while the initial incentive was to win the money, we quickly realized it wasn’t just about the cash. Ten of us began counting calories, exercising and coaching one another. We invited guest speakers to provide information about healthy eating habits and proper exercise. Individual goals were set to provide momentum and weekly weight loss was awarded.

In the end we lost 116.6 pounds – everyone was a winner! We are now eating better and have increased levels of activity. We have also inspired others in the department to become aware of their weight. Most importantly, the group learned to support each other and work together towards a common goal.

Continuing and Professional Studies