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Biggest Loser Contestants Share Fitness Advice

March 5, 2019

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

Biggest Loser: Contestants Kick It With FMU

March 5, 2019

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

Florence's Biggest Loser Week 6 Results

March 4, 2019

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

Biggest Loser Contestants Helping Each Other Lose

February 27, 2019

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

Biggest Loser: Scale Back the Scale

February 25, 2019

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

Florence's Biggest Loser Week 5 Results

February 25, 2019

Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Five of the program with 576 pounds lost, 160.5 inches lost, and over $1,520 raised in Fan-Favorite votes for those in need in Florence County! read more

Florence's Biggest Loser Week Four Results

February 15, 2019

Contestants in the 2019 Florence's Biggest Loser finished off Week Four of the program with 516 pounds lost and over $1,260 in Fan-Favorite votes raised for those in need in Florence County! read more

Biggest Loser: How Sweet It Is, Update on Artificial Sweeteners

February 5, 2019

In the quest for weight loss, many people replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes used to replace sugar. Some have been formulated from natural substances, such as herbs or even sugar. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners because they are much sweeter tasting than sugar. Found in different colored packets at restaurants, these sweeteners are an attractive option since they contain no calories. They are used widely in processed foods such as beverages, baked goods, candies, and dairy products and can also be used in sweet treats baked at home. read more

Biggest Loser Contestants Share Motivation For Getting Started

February 5, 2019

With each Florence’s Biggest Loser program, the United Way of Florence County and program partners, the McLeod Health and Fitness Center and the Morning News, want to help individuals in the Pee Dee create healthy habits and live overall healthier lives. For those individuals who were not able to participate in the program, the Morning News will be sharing information on how to live healthier in every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday edition of the paper. For each Monday edition, we will ask the current Florence’s Biggest Loser contestants to share their experiences, advice, and stories as they go through the program. read more

Biggest Loser: When In Doubt, Superset It Out

February 5, 2019

Have you ever started to head to the gym with the intent of doing a killer workout that gets your heart pumping, burns major calories, and works your muscles? Sounds like a great idea, right? The only problem is that most of us have no idea what kind of workout we are going to do to achieve those goals.  You get to the gym, warm up, and then are ready to start, but you haven’t quite decided what exercises you are going to do. You decide to do a total body workout and just pick some exercises that you like and that aren’t too difficult. After an hour of working out, you decide that you’ve done enough and are ready to go home. This sounds like a good trip to the gym except you didn’t achieve that killer workout that you really wanted to do. read more