Eastern Carolina's Biggest Loser

Round 2 of WITN's Biggest Loser competition is over, with 22-year-old Kristen Kinney taking the title! She lost 36 pounds.

Click Here for pictures from the grand finalé!

While the grand prize winner got a $500 prize and a $500 gift certificate from Robinson's Jewelers, we hope all the competitors will be winners with healthier, slimmer bodies and improved eating and exercise habits.

Take a look at Lanita Ivery's Biggest Loser journey. The 47-year-old grandmother from Kinston is an assistant principal at Mount Olive Middle School in Wayne County. She is 5' 7" tall and was 255 pounds at her initial weigh-in. At her final weigh-in, she was 230 pounds, bringing her total weight loss to 25 pounds!

Lanita Ivery

Lanita talked about why she entered WITN's Biggest Loser contest:
"I struggled with weight off and on over the years, and I wanted to do something -- this is the year about doing something for myself that is healthy and productive, and I thought the best gift I could give myself is to take off some of these pounds so I can live a longer life."

Lanita worked with the folks at Minges Wellness Center at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston. She took third place and won $125.

Contestant Sam Wynne took second place in the contest and won $250. He lost 29 pounds. Sam is a husband and father, and wanted to do this for himself and his family.

Sam Wynne

"My wife is younger than me," Sam said. "I don't want her to be a widow. And my daughter... I want her to have a dad."

Sam worked with the folks at HealthNow Aesthetics & Wellness in Greenville.

Kristen Kinney was Eastern Carolina's Biggest Loser, shedding 36 pounds in her journey.

Kristen Kinney

Kristen is 22 years old and a nursing student at East Carolina University. She said her future plans as a nurse played a role in her Biggest Loser effort.

"I felt like I shouldn't be telling people how to live their life healthfully, while I'm not living my life that way."

Kristen worked with the folks at Fit For Life 24 in Greenville. She won $500 and a $500 gift certificate from Robinson's Jewelers in Greenville.

A special thanks to our sponsors:
HealthNow Aesthetics & Wellness in Greenville
Fit For Life in Greenville
Minges Wellness Center at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston
Robinson's Jewelers in Greenville .

We urge you to check out the links below and talk to your doctor before considering any weight loss or exercise program. The more you know, the safer and more successful you should be!

Links to learn more about healthy and safe weight loss:

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has guidelines for safe and effective weight loss. To find the practical guide, click here for a link.

The American Academy of Family Physicians also has guidelines. You
can find them by clicking here for a link.

Did you know North Carolina has its own board on Dietetics and Nutrition? To go to the website, click here for a link.

The Federal Trade Commission has a campaign called RED Flag Bogus
Weight Loss claims. To learn more, click here for a link.