To the Editor:
Six participants and several family members from the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) recently wrapped up a 15-week weight loss program called the Lose to Live Challenge. Fashioned after TV’s popular “Biggest Loser” program, the goal was to target obesity and nutrition issues found in the special needs population that WDSRA serves.
Statistics show that there is a much higher incidence of obesity within the special needs population. Many fall into risky health categories, especially when fitness and physical activity is a challenge due to their disability.
The emphasis of the Lose to Live Challenge was on learning to make healthy lifestyle changes. At the program’s grand finale, the success of each participant and family member was highlighted. Six contestants lost a total of 58 pounds, family members lost another over 100 pounds, everyone learned to eat healthy and made some very big lifestyle changes. All were winners in creating a healthier, more balanced lifestyle that will last way beyond the 15-week program!
We would like to thank community members Jerry and Estella Hayes (TV’s “Biggest Loser” season seven winners), the Wheaton Sports Center and their staff, Jim Hughes and Dawn Szumski, for donating their time, expertise and support to help make our Lose to Live program a big success. In addition, thank you to Tricoci University and Biggest Loser Resort in Itasca for their contributions.
WDSRA Lose to Live Program Coordinator
WDSRA Special Projects Manager