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What gets an A: The Biggest Loser weight loss competition
Last spring, UGA kicked off its second annual Biggest Loser weight loss contest, which helps students, faculty, and staff slim down by offering seminars on topics like nutrition and weight loss maintenance as well as two group workouts each week. Most exercise sessions were circuit-style strength training sessions, but yoga and cycling classes were also on the agenda. The nine-week program welcomed 75 participants in 2012, and the group lost a total of 311 pounds. Prizes, like Academy Sports & Outdoors gift cards, were awarded based on percent body weight lost, percent body fat lost, fitness improvement, and participation. Results were determined based on before and after weigh-ins, body fat measurements, and fitness assessment results that included things like max pushups, max situps, and flexibility tests. "The main goal is to teach and educate participants to lead healthy lifestyles beyond the program and to install a passion for being healthy,” says Michelle Gehret, a fitness and wellness graduate student who works with UGA’s Department of Recreational Sports to help coordinate the event, which will be held again in 2013.
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