Minnesota's "Biggest Loser" Weight-Loss Challenge Ends

By KBJR News 1

April 16, 2011 Updated Apr 16, 2011 at 10:50 PM CDT

Time's up!

Minnesota's "Biggest Loser Challenge" officially comes to an end Friday, April 15th.

Individuals and teams from across the state signed up to participate in the weight loss challenge.

The Northland's NewsCenter also put together a couple of teams to participate.

LeAnn Wallace has details.

You've probably seen NBC's Hit Show "The Biggest Loser"

12 weeks ago Minnesota decided to take part in its own weight–loss challenge.

Here at the Northland's NewsCenter we created our own team and asked our viewers to sign up.

Team Laura Langemo leaned toward weight loss through fitness, offering tips from experts.

And Dave Anderson focused on nutrition as a way to lose weight, providing healthy eating tips from nutritionists.

Northland fitness guru's Brian Carl, Jessica Rossing and Tiffany Carlson have also offered fitness tips on our website and on our air.

"Just being in a group, with that motivation just changes lives physically and mentally which is great."

In total...more than 60,000 pounds have been shed across the state...no doubt, transforming lives.

On Saturday former Biggest Loser contestant O'Neal Hampton will speak at a wellness event at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth.

"Attendees will learn about local resources that are involved with four different key areas with what we'd consider wellness."

Wellness that should continue creating a healthy lifestyle...even after the challenge is over.

The official numbers and winners for Minnesota's "Biggest Loser" contest will be released on Monday.

We'll announce the winners on Monday when the official tally is complete.

Thanks again to everyone who joined our teams here at the Northland's News Center.