Biggest Loser weighing in for third round of the fight


Jeanne Rziha, co-coordinator with Anna Woods of the Biggest Loser program, shows the report participants received when the body composition analyzer calculates numerous data about them, including body mass index, body fat percentage and total body fat mass.?


Rziha checks the body composition analyzer in preparation for this week?s weigh-ins.

Monday and Wednesday of this week participants will have their initial weigh-in to start the third edition of The Biggest Loser competition in Marion County.

Sponsored by Greenhaw Pharmacy and Woods Wellness, The Biggest Loser is intended to promote a healthier lifestyle and provide motivation.

?Hopefully, people are motivated to really jump on board with their health goals,? said Anna Woods, who organizes the program with Jeanne Rziha of Greenhaw Pharmacy.

This will be the second competition in which males and females are divided into separate divisions. Rziha said that last summer the females lost the most weight overall and that if there had not been divisions, the top three winners would have been females.

The winners of the competition are not determined solely by how much weight is lost, but on the person?s ?fit factor number.? The fit factor number is determined by taking the percentage of weight loss and adding the percentage of fat loss. This formula helps people that gain muscle and lose fat, but their success doesn?t show up on the scale since muscle weighs more than fat.

?This doesn?t penalize the people who are getting healthier,? Rziha said.

Participants are required to step on the scale three times: at the initial weigh-in, at two months and at the final weigh-in at four months. At each weigh-in participants receive exercise and diet tips. This year participants who make it to the final weigh-in will receive a duffel bag as a reward for completing the program.

Meanwhile, Woods is conducting additional fitness classes this year to better address all ages and abilities. These include a variety of evening exercise classes and opportunity to workout with others in the community rather than on their own.

Woods said the competition has been good for the community and touched a need.

?People will stop me in the grocery store and ask, ?Hey, are you doing Biggest Loser again this year??? Woods said.

At the premiere edition last January, 169 people showed up for the first weigh-in. Rziha said she was surprised because she had only prepared for about 30 people and had to keep making more copies of the handouts.

Out of the 169 people who began, 66 people reported to the final weigh-in.

Prior to the first weigh-in opportunity on Mon?day, about 60 people had signed up for this year?s competition.

The cost to participate is $25, which covers the three weigh-ins and analysis.

Each participant is weighed on the body composition analyzer that calculates numerous data including body mass index, body fat percentage and total body fat mass.

?It gives you what your home scale doesn?t show,? Rziha said.

If participants want to weigh in and analyze their composition more often, the cost of each additional weigh in is $5.

People who were unable to make it to the first weigh-in on Jan. 5 and 7 can still participate by calling Greenhaw Pharmacy to make an weigh-in appointment.

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