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Pete Thomas Kicks-off College Weight-Loss Competition at Saginaw Valley State University

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Pete_SVSU-1The Season 2 At-Home Winner shared his winning principles for weight-loss  at kick-off  event for a 12-week, campus-wide weight-loss competition on January 25, 2011
 

Ann Arbor, MIPete Thomas, the Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser” shared his winning principles with faculty, staff and students at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  Pete’s keynote kicked off a 12-week campus-wide weight-loss competition for faculty, staff and students.  The competition offers a combination of cash and gifts for the team that loses the highest percentage of weight. The event was sponsored by HealthPlus.

Pete challenged the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) crowd to make small changes that make a big difference over time.  He described the four phases of his unique weight-loss approach, “Commit, Create, Challenge and Celebrate.”  And to drive home the challenge principle, Pete challenged one person from each row to a wall-sit competition.  After twelve intensely grueling minutes along the brick walls of the recital hall, Caitlin Chojnacki—a senior exercise science major at SVSU—was the last one “seated” on the wall, and she and her entire row claimed the cash prize.   (Scroll down to see photos).

After Pete’s speech, Caitlin shared that she was excited to hear Pete speak and readily identified with Pete’s passion for helping others lose weight.  “I’m really motivated by weight-loss and the obesity epidemic.  So it’s really awesome to see that there are more passionate people out there who are working towards helping the general public…Everyone is struggling…” Caitlin shared.

Cynthia Bale, the Associate Director of Human Resources at SVSU and chair of the wellness program that coordinated the event, stated that she was hoping that Pete’s involvement would motivate individuals to sign-up for the weight-loss competition and that’s exactly what happened.  “Pete’s presentation was a perfect kick-off to our weight-loss challenge—evident by the fact that we’ve had some people come up to us after the fact… They said, ‘I hadn’t signed up but you know what, I am interested now and I do want to sign up for the weight loss challenge.’ So that’s perfect!” Bale stated.

George Puia, a Dow Chair in Global Business and the Associate Dean of the College of Business at SVSU was also present at Pete’s presentation.  Puia thought Pete offered really practical advice that he could put into practice right away.  But more importantly, Puia said that he just felt inspired.  “I was challenged by his story.  It’s one thing to read about something in a paper or see something in a magazine.  It’s another thing to actually talk to a person who’s had that kind of success and realize, this is really achievable—you can do this,” Puia stated.

About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the President of WinningMan.com, LLC—a multi-faceted weight loss education and consulting company.  As a highly skilled TV personality, teacher, certified trainer, weight-loss coach and consultant, Thomas helps organizations and corporations design and implement wellness programs—including “Biggest Loser” style weight-loss and teambuilding programs— that get results!  His company also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines—including the best-selling “Biggest Loser” book series.  Of the former Biggest Loser contestants, only Pete Thomas has personally created other “Biggest Losers” through his teaching and coaching programs.

Pete has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide.  A full time motivational speaker, weight-loss coach, consultant, and product spokesman for companies such as NordicTrack,  Pete travels and spreads his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and through his website at www.WinningMan.com

For an interview with Pete Thomas, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214.

 

Students Sign up outside the recital hall before entering

Students Sign up outside the recital hall before enteringPete Thomas offers keynote at SVSU weight-loss competition kick-off event

 

Pete Thomas offers keynote at SVSU weight-loss competition kick-off event

Pete Thomas offers keynote at SVSU weight-loss competition kick-off event

Pete speaks before an attentive crowd at SVSU

Pete speaks before an attentive crowd at SVSU

Pete offers instructions to the "wall-sitters."

Pete offers instructions to the "wall-sitters."

One-by-one, individuals leave the wall--unable to hold on any longer...

One-by-one, individuals leave the wall--unable to hold on any longer...

  

Only two competitors remain...

Only two competitors remain...

 

Cross Country teammate comes to encourage...

Cross Country teammate comes to encourage...

 

Over twelve minutes later, 1 remains...Caitlin Chojnacki!

Over twelve minutes later, 1 remains...Caitlin Chojnacki!

  

Pete Thomas and the SVSU "Wallsit Winner"--Caitlin Chojnacki

Pete Thomas and the SVSU "Wallsit Winner"--Caitlin Chojnacki

Pete Thomas, SVSU event organizers and sponsor, HealthPlus

Pete Thomas, SVSU event organizers and sponsor, HealthPlus

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  2. Rodney says:

    Way to go Pete, keep spreading your message.