The eleven “Delmarva’s Biggest Loser” contestants hit
the 200 pound mark this past week, losing nearly 7 percent of their total
body weight on average. Learning to eat right and exercising on a consistent
basis is difficult for even the most determined individual; but remembering
that weight loss should be accomplished slowly and steadily is crucial
to sticking with it.
Marsha Cooper, of Salisbury, Md., is doing just that. Creeping up from
a weight loss of 4 percent earlier in the competition, Cooper has now
lost 8 percent of her total body weight. That translates into 21 pounds
lost in six weeks.
She hopes to eventually lose at least 54 more and maintain a healthy weight
so she can enjoy activities in which she used to participate, such as
“I am excited about this new challenge and look forward to living
a healthy life and sharing what I learn with my family and friends,”
“Delmarva’s Biggest Loser” offers counseling on diet
and exercise to its contestants, as well as free access to Olympia Fitness
Clubs’ gym for the duration of the contest, meetings with a personal
trainer two or three times a week, and ongoing encouragement.
Tiffanee Scott, with a total weight loss of 10 percent – or 28 pounds,
is still holding first place in the competition. (Visit www.delmarvasbiggestloser.com
for a complete list of participants and to get updates on their progress.)
“Delmarva’s Biggest Loser” is sponsored by Olympia Fitness
Clubs, Healthy U, Atlantic General Hospital, ClearChannel Communications,
and area merchants. The goal of the competition is to introduce a healthy
lifestyle change to each participant as well as impact the lives of those
The 12-week competition will end on Monday, September 17. An awards ceremony
will be held at the conclusion of the Visions for Total Health Conference
on Saturday, November 3, when the dietitian who helped the nation’s
biggest losers reach their goals on NBC’s hit reality show visits
the Shore to impart her wisdom on nutrition and healthy eating.
The conference, which is hosted this year by Stephen Decatur High School
in Berlin, will include free screenings, exhibits, and 12 breakout presentations
on a wide range of health topics. The keynote address will be presented
by Cheryl Forberg, RD, highly sought-after food expert and consulting
dietitian for NBC's The Biggest Loser.
For more information about “Delmarva’s Biggest Loser,”
contact Cody Mackie at Olympia Fitness Clubs at 410-543-9999.
For more information about the 2007 Visions for Total Health Conference
or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dawn Denton, Atlantic General Hospital’s
Community Education Coordinator, at 410-641-9268 or visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.