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.

Promoting Wellness From the Inside Out: My Role as a Dietitian at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

I love what I do because I get to teach others about topics from healthy eating to exercise as a dietitian for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Wellness and Care Management Consulting team, but I also get to learn from the very smart people around me as well.

I thought it might be interesting to share some of the ways I get to help promote wellness with my fellow BCBSM employees, individuals and communities across the state.

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II

I feel so blessed to have participated as a health coach for the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II in 2010.  I had the honor of coaching the eventual winner of the competition, Steve Anderson on his way to victory. He lost 56 pounds during the 12 week competition. This was an experience that changed his life for the better.

In the end, not only did I help Steve, but I also learned so much. BCBSM promotes wellness for its employees and provides the tools needed for everyone to adopt healthier lifestyles.

BCBSM Wellness Week

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan celebrated Wellness Week at the Southfield and Detroit locations from January 24-28.  This was a perfect opportunity for employees to learn more about how to adopt  healthy lifestyles.  Each day during the week focused on different health-related topics, including:

  • Disease Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Rejuvenation
  • Stress Management

These topics are key in building a culture of wellness at the workplace. Does your employer advocate a culture of wellness at work? I’d love for you to share how your workplace supports healthy living.

As a health coach, dietitian and a certified diabetes educator, I was excited to participate in BCBSM’s Wellness Week as a presenter, but also as an employee. One of the most important steps of changing behaviors is taking time to learn, and then taking it a step further by acting on what is learned.

Wellness Celebrated by BCBSM Employees at University of Detroit

On January 16 2011, BCBSM employees were “Celebrating Wellness” at the University of Detroit Mercy versus Valparaiso game. This game was the kick-off to Healthy Weight Week.

At this game, I was an honorary guest coach with Tricia Keith, the vice president of Corporate Secretary and Services.  Sitting courtside was a blast. I love sports and the passion shown by the players. I received an award for the work I did with Steve Anderson, Detroit’s Biggest Loser and for helping Blue Cross lead Michigan to a healthier future.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan continues to advocate for a healthier you in the workplace, in the community and at home in your personal life. Let’s continue to work together to truly build a healthier Michigan.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you!

Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes and weight-loss management educator at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is also a featured blogger on A Healthier Michigan where she shares her tips for living a healthier life. Continue reading about Grace on A Healthier Michigan.