'Biggest Loser' winner to help fight childhood obesity

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'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.

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