2009
"Biggest Loser" winner talks about his dramatic life-changing experience

"Biggest Loser" winner talks about his dramatic life-changing experience
February 27, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

A few years ago, Bernie Salazar couldn’t run to the corner let alone run in the Chicago Marathon. But after shedding 130 pounds while competing on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Salazar is running marathons and racing from one appearance to another serving as an advocate for healthy living through proper eating and exercise. Salazar will bring his inspirational story to Benedictine University on Tuesday, March 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Krasa Center Rooms A,B and C as part of the “BU Healthier Body Challenge” Brown Bag Education Sessions. Salazar’s presentation is free and open to the public. Salazar grew up in a single-parent household in Chicago where he said his mother “instilled in us a tremendous sense of self-worth, stressed the importance of education, insisted that we always be kind to people and would always remind us that only through hard work can you achieve your goals and dreams.” He recently earned a master’s in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and regularly speaks on the topics of obesity, weight loss and general health through local and national organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Jared Foundation and the March of Dimes. Salazar is dedicated to sharing his new-found knowledge on leading a healthier life with others, especially children, in the hope that “We can all get healthy together.”

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