N ROF E 'Biggest Loser' winner to help fight childhood obesity The Clarion-Ledger childhood obesity. He has ONTHE"NET $250,000. Expect to see Patrick House accepted a position at Mind- Starting the reality show at on the forefront fighting child- stream Academy, a school for • Patrick House's web- 400 pounds, House had lost 181 hood obesity. overweight teens, in Bluffton, site: www.biggestloser , pounds when he wasdeclared the Now that he's the winner of S.C. patrick. com winner over two others Tuesday NBC's Biggest Loser, House, "What better night during the season finale. ' 28, is preparing to share his way for me to ful- "He just didn't want to be a experience-and knowledge with ly embrace the (obesity) is a chronic condi- competitor," Ladner said. "He others both in and outside his Pay it Forward tion," Cannon-Smith said. "It wanted to win." native state. ' theme than by takes quite a while to get to the Being unemployed was a bless- "1 feel so fortunate to have fighting child- point of obesity and it takes ing in that it allowed House' to been given the opportunity to go hood obesity at ' quite a while to lose weight." focus on achieving his goal, she on' The Biggest Loser; and 1 House M i n d s t rea m House will be an effective, said. He lost his job as a food serv- want to spread all of the know- Academy," he inspirational voice, said friend ice representative in January. ledge and information that 1 said. Angela Ladner, 43, of Jackson. Thesupport of his wife, have learned to try and help the House's victory will allow , ';He knows the children are Bradley, a preschool teacher, and people of Mississippi," he said him to be a role model for chil- the future," Ladner said. "He other family members was key, via e-mail on Saturday. "1 hope dren, said Dr. Gerri Cannon- knows that we have got to really Ladner said. that 1 might could partner with Smith, who, has a say in child- educate our kids." His story shows that "ifyou are the state Legislature and Gov.' hood obesity advocacy training Ladner, who has been associ- dedicated to something, it can be (Haley) Barbour's office to raise with the state chapter of the ated with.House's family for done," she said. awareness about obesity, and American Academy of Pedi- more than 20 years, marvels at As a winner, House said, he make some huge changes in the atrics Be Our Voice project. the transformation House has now has responsibilities he must statistics of obesity in our state." "Anything that highlights the undergone in the last seven uphold. "1owe it to my family,the House, a married father of fact that you can do it is very months, from being down on his fans of the show, and fellow two young boys who has been helpful because so often people luck and obese to a healthier, Biggest Loseralumni to maintain living in Vicksburg, will focus on get a little fatalistic because new life and the winner of and keep this weight off,"he said.