By Stacey Axler, intern
Lakeview Village staff members recently began participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge, a weight-loss competition inspired by “The Biggest Loser” television show that will yield $600 for the winners.
The challenge, which began on Jan. 17, is amongst teams, each team comprised of four Lakeview staff members. The teams weigh-in every week, and participate in numerous exercise and nutrition challenges throughout the competition.
In order to encourage and motivate the staff members participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge, Lakeview Village added weekly group exercise classes at 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“After New Years, everyone talks about diets,” Michael “Mike” Bernard, housekeeping manager at Lakeview Village, said. Since the competition began “everyone is enthusiastic about that goal because you are working with a team.”
Bernard is a member of the team “The Clean Sweeps.” He wanted to participate in The Biggest Loser Challenge because he “never competed in a competition this big before.”
More than 15 teams are participating in The Biggest Loser Challenge. The goal of the competition is to help people lose weight and learn healthy lifestyle options that will continue after the challenge ends in three months.
“The competition shows people how to be more conscientious in order to improve your diet and your health,” Bernard said.
The Biggest Loser Challenge is based on the television show “The Biggest Loser,” which debuted on NBC in 2004. The show has spanned 15 seasons, and encourages viewers to form Biggest Loser Challenges in their communities.
At Lakeview, The Biggest Loser Challenge will end on April 25.
The winners will be determined based on the highest percentage of body weight lost overall for a team.
Even though The Biggest Loser Challenge started one week ago, Bernard said the competition is already fierce, especially among the team called “Pigs in a Blanket,”comprised of four Lakeview Village chefs.
“Because they cook the food, the rest of us are at their mercy,” Bernard joked.
Not only will the winning team receive the cash prize, but also the title of “The Biggest Loser.”