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And The "Biggest Loser" Is?





















Danny Moore of Greenville is WITN’s Biggest Loser!



The big news was announced Tuesday morning on WITN-7 News at Sunrise.



Danny was the person with the highest average weekly percentage loss of weight over the eight-week contest. It was a close race!



Here are the final results:


Danny

1st Place

1.668%



Angela

2nd Place

1.667%



Doreen

3rd Place

1.498%



Gigi

4th Place

1.002%


Danny won the grand prize… $500 and a $500 gift certificate from Robinson's Jewelers.
Angela took home $250, Doreen won $125 and Gigi won $75. In all, the contestants lost a combined total of 129 pounds!

The most important goal was for the competitors to take part in safe, healthy plans to lose weight, shape up and change their lives. We feel they are all winners!

Here's a look at our contestants and their Biggest Loser journeys.

Gigi's Stats:


Start: 256 lbs.

Week 1: 248 lbs.

Week 2: 248 lbs.

Week 3: 249 lbs.

Week 4: 242 lbs.

Week 5: 241 lbs.

Week 6: 243 lbs.

Week 7: 241lbs.

Week 8: 236 lbs.

Gigi Blount is 42, 5'8" and from Greenville. She is working with the folks at Viquest in Greenville. Gigi's weight has stabilized somewhat, but the experts at Viquest say that's for a very good reason. Gigi is building muscle, which weighs more than fat.

Danny's Stats:


Start: 340 lbs.

Week 1: 325 lbs.

Week 2: 317 lbs.

Week 3: 314 lbs.

Week 4: 313 lbs.

Week 5: 309 lbs.

Week 6: 305 lbs.

Week 7: 304 lbs.

Week 8: 297 lbs.

Our second contestant is 30-year-old Danny Moore. He is also from Greenville. He is 6'5" tall. Danny is working with Tim Evans at Fit For Life. His weight loss is slowing down as expected, but Danny continues to make strides.

Doreen's Stats:


Start: 333 lbs.

Week 1: 321 lbs.

Week 2: 316 lbs.

Week 3: 312 lbs.

Week 4: 313 lbs.

Week 5: 308 lbs.

Week 6: 304 lbs.

Week 7: 301 lbs.

Week 8: 295 lbs.

Our third contestant is Doreen Strayhorn. She is from the Pitt County town of Ayden. Doreen is 43. She is 5'3" tall. Doreen suffers from persistent high blood pressure and is borderline for Type 2 diabetes. She is working with Lenoir Memorial Wellness Center in Kinston.

Angela's Stats:


Start: 221 lbs.

Week 1: 210 lbs.

Week 2: 210 lbs.

Week 3: 205 lbs.

Week 4: 204 lbs.

Week 5: 203 lbs.

Week 6: 199 lbs.

Week 7: 198 lbs.

Week 8: 193 lbs.

Our fourth contestant is Angela Bostick. She is from Kinston, in Lenoir County. Angela is 49. She is 5'8" tall. Angela is a nurse who spends her time taking care of others. Now, Angela hopes to focus on herself, better managing her diabetes and hypothyroidism. She is working with Natural Body Therapeutic Pilates in Kinston.



We have received several e-mails of support for the contestants.

To all the Biggest Loser competitors:

"I just wanted to congratulate all of the contestants for their hard
work. I too am in the process of losing weight. When my journey began,
I weighed 272 pounds...

...I just want to commend all of you for having the courage to go public with your weight challenges. You are truly an inspiration to all of us that have the same challenges as you. Keep up the good work."

To Angela:

"From your life long friend, I am pulling for you and am proud of your
accomplishments. Get ready for the big 50.... take it from your senior friend, it is a blast!"

To all the Biggest Loser competitors:

"I am so proud of all of the contestants. I was sitting on my sofa, feeling sorry for myself when I saw them on TV. I too am overweight (260) and this has really motivated me to seek help today! I only wish you would start with 4 more contestants after this contest is over. Forget the prizes! It is definitely a great motivation just to compete."

To all the Biggest Loser compeitors:

"I just want to tell you how much I am enjoying the "Biggest Loser" competition. It is very encouraging to me, and I look forward to checking in each Tuesday and Wednesday evening to see the progress of the contestants.

Thank you, Gigi, Danny, Doreen, and Angela, for making your journey public. You will never know how you are afffecting the lives of many others in a positive way. I wish you much success."

To all the Biggest Loser compeitors:

"I am very proud of you all. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and motivation to do what you all are doing. The Biggest Loser Reality show was my favorite Wednesday evening show and I was disappointed when it no longer aired. The participants really motivated me and encouraged me. I myself lost 20 lbs following a 12 week fitness program I found on line. It was a free program and came with a personal trainer. I still haven't reached my goal but I continue to work out and try to eat healthy. I can identify with some of the struggles each of you will face, but don't give up. Continue the good work. You will feel good about the way you look and feel when the eight weeks are up. You are all now my favorite reality show and I will continue to track your progress either on line or on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WITN 7 News."

To Doreen:

"It was really great to see your vibrant smile. I live in Rocky Mount and was surprised to see you as I haven't seen you since graduation day. I'm wishing you all the best with your weight loss challenge and you are on the road to improved health. I can identify since I choose to exercise daily at a gym myself and the benefits are worth all the effort and of course the sweat."

To Angela:

"We just want to say how proud we are of Angela. She has been a good friend to your family for years. She is a wonderful person in side and out. We are excited for her and wish her all the best!!!!!!

We Love You Angela.......Good Luck!!!!!!!!!"


A special thanks to our sponsors:

ViQuest in Greenville

Fit For Life in Greenville

Lenoir Memorial Wellness Center in Kinston

Natural Therapeutic Pilates in Kinston

Health Now in Greenville

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.


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