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.
Even though they faced winds and the threat of rain, several contestants from the United Way of Florence County’s Florence’s Biggest Loser competition hit the water for the final physical event of the 2019 competition last Sunday. read more
Congratulations to our 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser contestants for losing 881 pounds, 245 inches, and raising $16,950 for the United Way campaign! read more
On January 15th, 46 contestants started their journey to a healthier life with the United Way of Florence County’s 2019 Florence’s Biggest Loser program. They have had weekly group fitness training sessions, nutrition classes, weekly weigh-ins, workouts with local sports teams and more to help them not only lose weight, but to also create long-lasting fitness and nutrition habits. read more
Dozens of contestants with the United Way of Florence County’s Florence’s Biggest Loser hit the field at the Florence Center Saturday morning for a football-themed workout. The workout was led by the coaches and players of Florence’s new professional indoor football team, the Carolina Havoc. read more
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