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Hancock County's 'biggest losers' weigh in

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County's version of the hit television show "The Biggest Loser" ended Monday night with a final weigh-in at Total Body and Fitness Gym in Bay St. Louis.

A total of 216 contestants took part in the five week competition.

"I've really been working hard this week," contestant Bobbie Tate said.

I participated as well, and surprised myself, dropping a total of ten pounds. It puts me well on the path to losing the 30 pounds I picked up after kicking a 20 year smoking habit.

Those pounds add up quickly, and as a group, we all did well.

"Last week, we were up to 731 pounds that the group has lost, so we're very excited about what we've done in the community," said Penny Rodrique, co-founder of Mind, Body & Spirit Foundation.

The winners of the biggest loser competition will be announced during the foundation's 5-K run this Saturday. Many of the contestants will also take part in the run/walk.

"The goal is to promote health and wellness in our community," Rodrique said. "We all put the pounds on during the holidays and over the winter months we're not as active, so this was our little way to jump start our community."

A jump start is just what Bobbie Tate needed.

"I needed something to motivate," Tate said, "because I had gotten sick and I couldn't get started back again. So I joined, and I tell you it was the best thing I could have ever done."

Tate lost a total of seven pounds.

"Seven pounds is okay, but my goal was to try and lose ten pounds. I wanted to lose at least two pounds a week."

Charlotte Garrett-Lewis exceeded her weight loss goal, dropping a whopping 23 pounds over the course of five weeks. 

"I'm extremely happy," Garrett-Lewis said. "And as I watched the pounds fall off per week, it was just a great experience. I will do it again."

The competition and the 5-K run are fundraisers for the Mind, Body & Spirit Foundation. Proceeds from both events will be used to give scholarships to students who wish to become teachers, or to teachers looking to further their education.

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