Florence's BIGGEST LOSER is a 10 week competition sponsored by the United Way of Florence County's Burn and Learn Initiative that provides fitness training, nutrition, accountability, and other fun activities to individuals that want to lose weight and/or make healthy lifestyle changes. In the five years that the competition has been held, 347 contestants have lost over 6,140 pounds. Along with helping the community get healthier, Florence’s Biggest Loser also serves as a fundraiser and any money raised by the competition is added to the United Way’s annual campaign.
The contestant who receives the most votes ($1=1 vote) from the public at the end of the 10 week competition will receive the 2019 Fan-Favorite Award and win a six month gym membership courtesy of McLeod Health and Fitness Center.
Florence’s Biggest Loser would not be possible without our partnerships with McLeod Health & Fitness Center and the Morning News and sponsorships from Health Facilities Federal Credit Union, Community Broadcasters, Assurant, PGBA LLC, Belk, HillSouth, Naturally Outdoors, and the Francis Marion University Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams.
Individuals can receive healthy tips all year long with the Burn and Learn E-Newsletter. This free e-newsletter is sent out at the first of the month by the United Way and contains a variety of nutrition tips, fitness tips, financial tips, recipes, and workouts.
Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Nine of the program with 777 pounds lost and over $2,640 raised in Fan-Favorite votes for those in need in Florence County! read more
Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Eight of the program with 727 pounds lost and over $2,100 raised in Fan-Favorite votes for those in need in Florence County! read more
Along with getting in regular physical activity, nutrition plays a huge role in your overall health. Food is the main source of fuel for your body and you need to be mindful of what exactly you are consuming and what effects it can have on you. Once you figure out the right nutrition habits for your body, you can not only lose weight, but also live a longer, happier and healthier life. read more
To begin, let us make sure that we are on the same page. Glute is the couth slang for the largest muscle in the body the gluteus maximus. I specifically said glutes to incorporate the gluteus medius and minimus as well. Aesthetics aside, why should you spend time specifically training and developing your gluteal complex? I would offer that strong glutes will improve your quality of life! read more
Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Seven of the program with 655 pounds lost and over $2,025 raised in Fan-Favorite votes for those in need in Florence County! read more
If you are looking to become healthier, fitness needs to be one of your main focuses. The American Heart Association currently recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity for adults and 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity for kids. read more
Soccer balls were flying on the practice fields at Francis Marion University on Saturday as part of the first fitness event for the United Way of Florence County’s 2019 Florence’s Biggest Loser program. read more
Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Six of the program with 600 pounds lost and over $1,720 raised in Fan-Favorite votes for those in need in Florence County! read more
A workout buddy, or even a whole workout team, can be a great way to not only keep yourself motivated, but also accountable for your healthy goals. For example, if you told your friend you would meet them at the gym after work, you are far less likely to skip that workout because you do not want to leave your friend alone. If your co-worker is your workout buddy, you two can keep each other accountable with un-healthy lunches or snacking while you are at work. Having a spouse or a family member with similar healthy goals can also be a great resource for a workout buddy because they will help keep you consistently accountable. read more
You most likely have heard by now how helpful it can be to have health-related goals for yourself as you start on a healthy journey. If you do have these goals, you should also have some method, or several methods, for tracking your progress towards your goals. For most individuals, the go-to progress tracker is a scale to measure their weight. While a scale can be a simple and easy progress tool to utilize, it should not be the only tracking method that you use. Your weight can increase, decrease and fluctuate at any time or for any number of reasons and if you are only relying on that number to gauge your progress, you may become discouraged when it is not decreasing as much as you believe it should. read more