Patriots weigh in against obesity


The Biggest Loser contest/Patriot Mile provides an avenue for both students and faculty to stay active.

Jasmine DeBerry, Staff Writer

With the world being overtaken by the epidemic of obesity, it is very crucial that we learn to take back our bodies and come to the generalization that to eat healthier and exercise more means to be in control.

On September 8, many were given the opportunity to take back their bodies and start a journey to conquer eating healthier and to exercise right. This meeting was held in the University Center in room 219 by Derrick Young, Director of Campus Recreational Services.

The interest gathering started at 5:15 with everyone writing down their names for a drawing and then picking up a folder with information about the Biggest Loser challenge and the Patriot Mile.  Young began the meeting with the telling of his own weight struggles throughout the years. Many others shared their reasons for attending the gathering as well. Some said they came because of growing tired of being exhausted every day, some said accountability, and many agreed that freshman 15 was the nightmare they would not wish to have.

So what is the Biggest Loser competition? It is a 10-week commitment to being active, watching what you eat, exercising outside of your normal life and “weighing in” every two weeks for a progress check. This is open for any full time or part time Francis Marion University students, staff and faculty. The days for the walks are held every Monday and Wednesday at 12:40pm and 5pm, starting September 10. You are allowed to attend both mile long walks if desired.

The walk will start at the University Center and continue around campus until the Stokes Administration building is reached. The meeting will start with a weight check, which is very confidential. Bringing workout or exercise clothes are greatly encouraged. At the end of every two weeks, the “biggest loser” will receive a prize for their achievement. Everyone is encouraged to come out and join the fun of exercising and building new relationships. IF you want to know more about the Biggest Loser challenge or Patriot Mile, please contact Derrick Young at