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  • From left, Team Black, Lisa Jones Townsel and Joshua Steckler; Team Green, Chris Kalamatas and Brodie Medlock; Team Purple, Cheryl Seibert and Lindsay Vigna; Team Pink, John Bohanek and Michelle Amsden; Team Red, Allie Monroe and Wade Merrill; Team Blue, Tim Lange and Steve Amsden; and Brad Parotto, boot camp instructor and run club organizer.

    Fittest Loser trainers ready to work with contestantsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The drive behind this year's Fittest Loser Challenge contestants can be found in the seven personal trainers from Push Fitness in Schaumburg. Each of the competitors will be fueled with nutrition advice, guided through rigorous workouts and encouraged over the next 12 weeks by these highly skilled fitness experts.

  • Introducing the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge contestants: from left, Chris Kalamatas, Cheryl Seibert, John Bohanek, Allie Monroe and Tim Lange.

    Ready for a change: Meet our Fittest Loser contestantsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Out of more than 200 applicants, five Daily Herald readers emerged as finalists in the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge. They are Chris Kalamatas of Lake in the Hills; Cheryl Seibert of Joliet; John Bohanek of South Elgin; Allie Monroe of Schaumburg; and Tim Lange of Algonquin. These five contestants have tried it all — dieting on their own; formal weight loss programs; and trying to squeeze in a little exercise. Now, as part of the Fittest Loser Challenge, sponsored by the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg, they are excited about making future plans for what they expect will be new bodies and new lives in the weeks to come.

  • Holly Krawisz of Schaumburg, who is participating in the Schaumburg Park District’s Unrepentant Thinners team, has taken up soccer.

    Community groups join the challengeFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Community and corporate groups are joining the Fittest Loser Challenge as well. For the second year, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. Twenty-three corporate teams and 13 park district teams are working to improve their fitness and lose weight. Last year, the winning community team — the Schaumburg Park District — lost 15 percent of its collective weight. This year’s teams are just as motivated.

  • Chris Kalamatas

    Fittest Loser Challenge 2014 statsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge kicks off this week. Meet the five contestants.

  • Lisa Jones Townsel will be covering the competition while participating alongside the contestants.

    Reporter joins Fittest Loser ChallengeFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge kicks off this week. Meet Lisa Jones Townsel, a writer covering the competition while participating alongside the contestants.

  • Assurance colleagues Jennifer Jungers and Suzi Stephens get in the wellness spirit by doing a “walking lunch” at nearby Busse Woods in Schaumburg.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the WeekFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The first Tip of the Week: Get moving in 4 easy steps.

  • 2013 Fittest Loser contestant Joe Gundling and his girlfriend Jen run to keep in shape.

    Fittest Loser contestants still work at keeping weight off and staying fitDec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    It's been six months since the 2013 Fittest Loser contestants completed an intensive training regimen. How do they look today? We check in with them and kick off the 2014 competition with an invitation to apply. For the sixth year in a row, the Daily Herald and Push Fitness in Schaumburg will be looking for contestants who are willing to tackle and triumph over a 12-week workout and nutrition program to see who can lose the most weight, based on percentages, during a three-month period.

  • Community teams to also join weight-loss challengeDec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Fittest Loser is not just for the lucky contestants who get chosen for the competition. For the second year, the Daily Herald is sponsoring the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. Working with local park districts and Alexian Brothers Health System, 30 teams of five participants will be eligible to enter the competition. Teams must work with local park districts to come up with fitness and weight-loss plans for their individual team or teams.

  • Bob Pearson of Hampshire was seriously injured in a car accident late last month and remains in the hospital. Several groups in Hampshire are planning fundraisers for Pearson, who was the Daily Herald’s Fittest Loser winner in 2011.

    Hampshire coming together to support man in needNov 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Hampshire community has risen up to support a fellow resident who is known for dropping whatever he’s doing to help people. Bob Pearson, winner of the Daily Herald’s 2011 Fittest Loser contest, was involved in a serious automobile accident Oct. 26 and remains in the neuro-intensive care unit at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford.

  • Park Board President Mike Daniels (left to right), Daily Herald Director of Innovation and Audience Development Eileen Brown, Park District Fitness Supervisor Jennie Bever, Waist Management Team Leader Lee Collins and the Waist Management team pose with the check from the Daily Herald.

    Schaumburg Park board recognizes Daily Herald for commitment to community healthJun 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Park District Board of Commissioners recognized the Daily Herald for its Fittest Loser Community Challenge competition at the June 13 Park Board Meeting at the Jerry Handlon Administration Building, 235 E. Beech Drive. The news organization is committed to community health, well-being and fitness.

  •  Makeup artist Amanda Hummel works on Megan McCarthy-Cook of Hoffman Estates at Avalon Salon and Day Spa at Deer Park Town Center in Deer Park.

    Sponsors help make Fittest Loser challenge a success May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    It took time, money and lots of community effort to make th­e campaign a success. In the end, each of the Daily Herald’s 2013 Fittest Loser challenge sponsors carried their weight in gold. More than a dozen businesses donated their products and services or offered financial assistance to this year’s Fittest Loser challenge, a 12-week campaign for healthier living.

  •  The 2013 Fittest Loser contestants and their trainers gather on the stage at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect.

    Fittest Loser awards ceremony attracts a crowd May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    They came. They saw. They witnessed a transformation. Roughly 400 people flocked to the Daily Herald’s 2013 Fittest Loser awards ceremony on May 1 to see how six people from the Chicago suburbs have conquered their battle with weight loss.

  •  Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, Schaumburg, introduces the Daily Herald’s Fittest Loser participant Melynda Findlay during the celebration at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect.

    Determined Fittest Loser participant turns life around May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    On a recent day off from work, I accidentally walked 12 miles. You read that right: 12 miles. Accidentally. I had some errands to run; when I returned home, the weather was gorgeous and I couldn’t resist taking some laps around the neighborhood. The weird thing was that it felt almost effortless. I felt energized, not exhausted. It’s a far cry from where I started the Fittest Loser journey a little more than three months ago.

  • Final results for Fittest Loser contestants — in order of placeMay 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Final statistics for the Fittest Loser contestants.

  • Daily Herald copy editor Melynda Findlay lost 45 pounds during the Fittest Loser competition.

    She's savoring 'incredible, life-changing gift' May 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    It's hard to believe how much things have changed since I started this Fittest Loser journey three months ago. I was a sedentary 44-year-old ex-smoker whose diet was mostly grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen pizza. Looking back actually makes me cringe a little and wonder what the heck I was thinking. (Except the ex-smoker part. That was a good choice.) But that's all changed.

  • JOE LEWNARD/ Schaumburg Park District’s Waist Management team — Ed Poczatek, left, Linda Lozar, trainer Lee Collins, Melissa Long and Ed Montoya — celebrate their Community Challenge victory.

    Schaumburg’s Waist Management wins team challenge May 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Family members and friends of Schaumburg Park District's Waist Management team erupted into cheers and applause as the team was announced the 2013 Fittest Loser Community Challenge winner at the Fittest Loser Celebration held May 1. To seal the victory, the team lost a collective 133.6 pounds, 15.02 percent of their total starting weight. The team, consisting of team members Melissa Long, Linda Lozar, Ed Montoya and Ed Poczatek, came to the stage noticeably thinner than when they started.

  • Twelve weeks later, the contestants weighed in at a combined 1,247 pounds, shedding a total of 267 pounds.

    Fittest Loser contestants look ahead to new lifestyles May 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    There wasn't much blood. But there were buckets of sweat, some tears and a fair amount of initial protest from their aching bodies. But in the end, the six contestants of the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition dropped a combined total of 266 pounds. It wasn't easy. The journey was demanding and temptation taunted them daily, but these six weight-loss champions showed their community that determination and hard work produces results.

  • Editorial: A healthy dose of inspirationMay 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The focus and determination of the participants in the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser Challenge are examples of how to go about reaching toward all sorts of personal goals, an editorial says.

  • Marianne Costales-Roman learns Wednesday that she is the winner of the Daily Herald 2013 Fittest Loser Competition during a celebration held at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect. Fellow contestants Karen Castillo, left, and Joe Gundling, right, cheer her on, as does Costales-Roman's trainer, Tony Rinehart, back center.

    Carol Stream social worker sets Fittest Loser record May 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Determination and drive led Marianne Costales-Roman of Carol Stream to not only win the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition Wednesday but also set a record. The 38-year-old wife, mother and high school social worker lost 60 pounds — 27 percent of her original body weight — over the course of the 12-week competition. She dropped from 222 to 162 pounds.

  • Drinking lots of water is one of the healthy habits Greg Moehrlin has learned during the Fittest Loser Challenge.

    Contestants learn valuable lessons for the future Apr 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    When the Fittest Loser Challenge began 12 weeks ago, the six contestants were eager to lose weight and improve their health. They were also a little wary of what their trainers had in store. Now that it's almost over, they can all say they've accomplished most of their goals and tapped into inner reserves they didn't realize they had. The competitors talk about what they've learned and what they're taking away from the experience.

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