Florence’s Biggest Loser aims to help with healthy resolutions

January 5, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Looking to eat healthier and get more exercise in the new year?

Registration is still open for the sixth annual Florence’s Biggest Loser competition, which will start on Jan. 15.

In 2018, a poll conducted by YouGov found that eating healthier and getting more exercise were two of the three most common resolutions for that year. However, according to U.S. News, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions were abandoned by the second week of February.

If you are one of the many individuals who made a healthy resolution this year, how are you going to be sure you stick with it?


One of the steps you could take is signing up for the United Way of Florence County’s Florence’s Biggest Loser program. Through partnerships with the McLeod Health & Fitness Center and the Morning News, Florence’s Biggest Loser participants are provided with a gym membership to the McLeod Health & Fitness Center, group training sessions with a personal trainer, nutrition counseling with registered dietitians and accountability measures to help keep their healthy resolutions.

At the end of the 10-week program, four contestants also will be awarded more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for having the greatest weight-loss percentage, greatest inches-lost percentage, receiving the most Fan-Favorite votes and showing the most perserverance during the competition.

While the name “Biggest Loser” is associated with losing weight and the contestants in the past five years of Florence’s Biggest Loser have lost a combined 6,140 pounds, the program aims to do more than just move the number on the scale.

The United Way of Florence County’s goal for the contestants is to not only have them leave the program feeling healthier than they were when they started but to also create healthy habits that they can keep long after the program has ended.

Both Bill Gilmer and Dr. Erin Lusher, who participated in the 2018 competition, credit the competition for helping them create a healthier life, and they have continued to incorporate regular fitness and better nutritional habits into their daily routines.

“Florence’s Biggest Loser not only jump started my weight loss, but it also gave me the courage to try something new in taekwondo,” Lusher said. “I am now about one-third of my way to my black belt and am down 44 pounds. I never thought I would be able to say that.”

Interested individuals can register online at burnandlearnflorence.com or in-person at the United Way of Florence County office at 1621 W. Palmetto St. in Florence. Registration will close once the final registration spots are filled.

For questions about the competition or registration, call 843-662-2407.