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  • Fittest Loser follow-up: How are the participants now? Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    It's been 5 months since the Fittest Loser Challenge ended. How are the contestants doing now? We check in with them as we prepare to kick off the 2015 competition.

  • How to apply Dec 1, 2014 5:45 AM
    Want to be a Fittest Loser team member? Learn how to apply, whether you are an individual or a company team looking to participate.

  • Energy, stamina and confidence worth the workout battle scars May 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    What a bittersweet time to have the Fittest Loser Challenge end, says Fittest Loser journalist Lisa Jones Townsel. In her words: While the nutrition plan was strict and the exercise regimen extra hard, it’s now time to face life on my own … a graduation, if you will. But there is no way that I will soon forget this enormous learning experience. Along the way, I tried to take mental notes about what the important matters were that the trainers all stressed. Now I just have to keep it going.

  • Fittest Loser contestants all winners for losing weight May 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    The energy was magnetic last Thursday at Eaglewood Resort and Spa, host resort of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge Finale. After 12 grueling weeks of one-on-one sessions with their Push Fitness personal trainers, in Saturday boot camp workouts and working out on their own, the five contestants looked more alive, alert and alluring than ever before. And they should have. Combined, they lost a whopping 285 pounds, including 42 inches from their waists! While John Bohanek won the overall competition, all of the contestants are winners for losing weight.

  • ‘Happy’ theme for Fittest Loser Corporate, Community Challenge teams May 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pharrell William’s effervescent tune, “Happy” was the surefire soundtrack of the final night of the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge as Corporate and Community Challenge teams collected their kudos. The teams, that included 194 participants from local park districts, businesses, government offices, and health, cultural and educational institutions, reveled in their new found sense of accomplishment and wellness at the event last Thursday held at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca.

  • Fittest Loser contest helps us move the needle May 19, 2014 10:18 AM
    A fun event -- our sixth annual Fittest Loser Challenge -- can underscore some serious problems and how we can make a dent in them as a team, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

  • Images: Daily Herald’s Fittest Loser Finale May 15, 2014 11:22 PM
    Images of the Daily Herald's 2014 Fittest Loser finale at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca. John Bohanek of South Elgin was declared the winner after dropping from 361 pounds to 274 during the competition.

  • Fittest Loser winner to be announced tonight in Itasca May 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    After three months of hard work, the Daily Herald’s five Fittest Loser Challenge contestants get to show off their slimmed down and toned up physiques tonight before finding out who will be the winner.A party will be held tonight at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca to announce the winner of this year’s suburban weight loss and fitness competition, as well as the winners among the 13 community teams and 26 corporate teams who joined the challenge.

  • South Elgin man wins Fittest Loser Challenge May 16, 2014 1:47 AM
    John Bohanek of South Elgin won the Daily Herald's 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge Thursday during a ceremony at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca. In just 12 weeks, Bohank lost 87 pounds, bringing him from 361 to 274 pounds. He is still determined to reach his high school weight of 210. "I know, for sure, he's going to keep fighting his fight," said Bohanek's trainer, Michelle Amsden.

  • Lessons learned: Contestants reflect on their journey May 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    So what has the 2014 Fittest Loser Challenge meant to this year’s five contestants? Much more than weight loss. Sure, they’re ecstatic to have lost a heap of weight, but the lessons go much deeper than that. Here, they speak of new friendships, greater self-confidence, and success measured far beyond the scope of the competition.

  • Focus trumps fear — and other lessons I learned along the way May 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Trust the pros, Fittest Loser journalist Lisa Jones Townsel says. In her words: When I first met my Push Fitness trainer Joshua Steckler, I saw him as the epitome of fitness and figured he’d view me as the epitome of fat. But over the past 12 weeks, he worked me hard, respectably, but hard, and seemed to be concerned about my concerns every step of the way.

  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Wave Goodbye to ‘Girl’ Pushups May 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Wave Goodbye to ‘Girl’ Pushups

  • An amazing journey: Community members look back May 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    During this final week of the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, our corporate and park district team partners reminisce about a 12-week journey that has transformed their lives. “It’s truly amazing what 12 weeks — 12 short weeks can do,” says Amanda Seilheimer, a member of the Lutheran Life Communities’ Wellness Warriors. “It was an amazing experience, and I feel so blessed!”

  • Fitness homework pays off with successful run May 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    For about a year prior to the Fittest Loser Challenge, I ran as a way to bolster weight loss. I used to think of it as a simple sport. I didn’t know that there were measurable ways to track my progress and to build up my heart rate. This season, boot camp instructor Brad Parotto doubled as running coach, too. He helped us to prepare to participate in the DuPage Human Race 5K Run.

  • Community teams drop weight, focus on healthy lifestyles May 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    The 23 corporate and 13 park district teams have worked themselves into a frenzy, right up to the finish line. They have learned better eating habits, disciplined workout skills and attained focus as never before. Subsequently, they have convinced themselves that a healthier, fit lifestyle is within their reach. They are also having loads of fun along the way, like the time Holly from Team Unrepentant Thinners got the chance to meet “Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels.

  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Packin’ Your Hammies May 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Packin' Your Hammies.

  • Fittest Loser contestants race to the finish May 5, 2014 3:12 PM
    Participating in races, like the recent DuPage Human Race 5K Run may be old hat for some, but for the five contestants in the Fittest Loser Challenge it was a secretly dreaded, though inevitable event. “It was important for the contestants to strive for goals that may have been recently unattainable; and a 5K was just that,” said Brad Parotto, the Push Fitness running coach for the challenge.

  • Fittest Loser contestants embrace healthier eating plans Apr 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    OK, yes all of the Fittest Loser Challenge contestants are on a strict nutrition plan, but that doesn’t mean they’re not human. They miss eating pizza! Sure, not having a scoop of ice cream drives them bananas. But denying themselves those pleasures for a time and learning about the benefits of healthier choices have resulted in dramatically changed bodies and minds related to food.

  • Learning discipline for food choices Apr 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    One of the biggest take-aways from the Fittest Loser Challenge for me has been discipline. I have learned more about the important role exercise plays and the right food, eaten at the right time. In all honesty, I have been surprised to learn what a large role food plays in the weight-loss process. It’s not simply about eating less and exercising more. Sometimes the dynamics shift, and you have to eat more, but of the right things.

  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: From Flab to Ab Apr 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: From Flab to Ab.

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