Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition Ready to Change More Lives

With Michigan ranked as the 10th most obese state in the nation, many metro Detroiters are looking for a life-changing experience. Something that will boost their self-esteem and improve their health. But for many, making changes to diet and exercise is a constant challenge.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to improving the lives of Michigan residents. That’s why we’re excited to announce the return of the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition.

For the third straight year, Blue Cross is partnering with WDIV-TV and The Parade Company to help metro Detroiters take the first step toward adopting a healthier lifestyle.  Applications are being accepted now through July 27.

Based on the national version, Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition will include six metro Detroiters that will participate in activities such as weekly weigh-ins and physical challenges. WDIV-TV will be there to capture the excitement and broadcast stories about the contestants and post videos on their website.

Each contestant will have their own Blue Cross health coach that will offer them proper diet and exercise tips and of course, give them an extra boost of motivation when they need it most.

In the past two years, 12 contestants from metro Detroit have changed their lives by losing nearly 500 pounds while participating in Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition.

Just ask the previous winners.

Steve Anderson Before and After

Steve Anderson Before and After

“Being a contestant on the Biggest Loser was an amazing experience. The coaches from Blue Cross were great to work with and I also developed a special bond with the other contestants. I learned so much about incorporating healthy lifestyle habits and plan on staying on the right track.”

 – Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II 2010 winner Steve Anderson


Marilyn Kluka Before

Marilyn Kluka Before

Marilyn Kluka After
Marilyn Kluka After

“I cannot thank WDIV and Blue Cross enough for helping me to get my health on track. Before the Biggest Loser I was pre-diabetic and taking blood pressure and diabetes medicine. Now I am completely off all medications and my blood work is perfect. I have learned the importance of portion control and daily exercise. This was definitely a life-saving experience for me.”

– Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition 2009 winner Marilyn Kluka.

Stay tuned to the official Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III website and Blues Perspectives for upcoming blogs and updates.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition 2009 winner advises current contestants

It’s week 7 of Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II and the contestants are starting to see results, but they are also feeling the psychological effects of the competition. Last year’s winner, Marilyn Kluka, knows all too well about the emotional rollercoaster they’re on right now.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition 2009 winner, Marilyn Kluka, talks about her weight-loss journey with WDIV reporter Shawn Ley.

Yesterday, Marilyn met with the contestants to talk about the triumphs and struggles of her weight-loss journey on WDIV’s 5 p.m. news broadcast. She talked about finding a balance between eating healthy but occasionally enjoying her favorite (but not so healthy) foods.

“Last weekend I had a wedding to go to. I knew I was going to have a glass of wine and a piece of cake. But I also knew that the next day I was going to head to the gym,” she said.

Michelle Fullerton, Blue Cross director of Wellness and Care Management, is interviewed by WDIV reporter Shawn Ley.

Marilyn emphasized the importance of staying on track and using the tools and advice provided to them by their Blue Cross health coaches. She also encouraged the contestants to keep in touch with their coach – and each other – after the competition ends.

“This is more than an 11-week weight-loss contest, it’s a lifestyle change,” she said.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II contestants to be revealed Monday, Aug. 30

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is teaming up with WDIV-TV and The Parade Company to announce participants in The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II finalists will be revealed during the WDIV newscast on Monday, Aug. 30, beginning at 4 p.m. During the announcement, BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp will be interviewed by Chuck Gaidica during the 5 p.m. newscast.

This year, 310 people entered the contest. That’s 100 more applicants than last year. The applicants were narrowed down to 60 who were called back for audition interviews. From there, the final six were chosen.

With the help of Blue Cross health coaches, the finalists will participate in the weight loss competition that will run into November. The winner of the competition will be announced during WDIV’s coverage of America’s Thanksgiving Parade, and all six contestants will ride on the BCBSM float.

Last year’s winner, Marilyn Kluka of Farmington Hills, lost 47 pounds during the 11-week competition and was one of six contestants who lost a total of 270 pounds.