Chi Alpha Hosts Biggest Loser Competition
By Emily Harvey
More than 100 students have registered for the Biggest Loser Competition, a contest hosted by Chi Alpha that will run through mid-March, organizers said.
Anyone can join the competition, said Courtney Hoover, junior student leader at Chi Alpha.
“The way it works is a participant registers with a $20 entry fee, and then they weigh in. The start date was Feb. 1, however, anyone can enter now through March 14,” Hoover said.
Upon registration, every participant receives the following gifts: a water bottle from Chi Alpha, unlimited tanning and a free gym membership from Powerhouse Fitness through April 1, a t-shirt and a two-week membership to World Gym, free membership to Anytime Fitness for two weeks and 30 free days of Jenny Craig,” she said.
Along with the free amenities offered with participation in the competition, there are also opportunities to win prizes at the final weight-out, Hoover said.
“On March 14, at 7:30 [p.m.], there will be a Biggest Loser Weigh Out Rally. The overall winner is determined by percentage of weight lost,” she said. “The winner will receive $500.”
“In addition, our local community sponsors have donated several free gifts to give as door prizes. Any participant is eligible to receive the door prizes but must be present to win,” she said.
The goal of the competition is to promote not only a healthier lifestyle, but to expand on-campus community and raise money for local non-profit organizations, said Mack Clements, Chi Alpha student leader.
“To every student at the UA, whether they registered for the Biggest Loser Competition or not, we are offering accountability groups,” Clements said.
“These free groups promote a healthier lifestyle by encouraging physical health as well as social health forming healthy relationships with other students,” he said.
Katie Dowdy, junior communication disorders major, said the competition is an opportunity for students to combine a community environment with healthy lifestyle choices.
“Having an accountability group with you along the way could really ensure that you stay on track, and you make some new friends,” she said.