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White Plains 'Biggest Loser' Challenge Returns

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Thomas H. Slater Center and its executive director, Heather Mills, are bringing back the White Plains version of "The Biggest Loser" for a second year, with registration under way through Sept. 19.

The Slater Center is hosting a kickoff at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Applications can be picked up at the center, 2 Fisher Court, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A one-time $20 fee covers the prizes for the first- and second-place winners.

"The Biggest Loser is about reaching the healthiest weight and shape for you while having fun doing it," the center said in a press release.

Last year's winner, Byron Smalls , lost 56 pounds in three months and won a one-year membership to the YMCA, along with $310, Mills said. In all, 20 participants were awarded gym passes.

Miller said she was inspired to host the weight-loss competition because undertaking exercise and dietary plans on her own wasn't as effective as she would have liked.

"I’ve been trying to lose weight forever – doing it by myself it doesn’t work. So why not just get a group of people together and do it this way?" she said.

While Miller focuses on losing weight to alleviate pressure on her knees, she hopes others will learn to cultivate healthy habits that prevent heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and other complications as they age.

The Slater Center will host weekly weigh-ins in addition to checkups at ShopRite. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains Hospital, Blythedale Children's Hospital and Bethel Baptist Church's Passages to Excellence will offer healthy cooking and eating courses to participants.

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