‘Biggest Loser' Finalist to Lead Arkansas Bike Ride

Published 08/19 2014 01:14PM

Updated 08/19 2014 01:21PM

Joe Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist
Joe Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist
FORT SMITH, AR (News release) - Joe Ostaszewski, a finalist on “The Biggest Loser,” says the show* saved his life. Now he’s teaming up with the National 4-H Council for a cross-country bike ride to save kids from the dangers of childhood obesity.

Ostaszewski and his Wear Your Soul project will be making a stop at Fort Smith on Saturday, Aug, 23, as part of his “Ride it Forward” fitness campaign. Staging for the ride will be at the top of Garrison Avenue in the parking lot in front of the Immaculate Conception Church. 

Riders may begin arriving at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. Ostaszewski will join the riders for a trip down Garrison Avenue. The ride will end at the National Historic Site where Ostaszewski will talk with riders about the National 4-H Healthy Living Initiative, healthy eating and exercise habits, and will ask riders to take the Healthy Living Pledge.

The former Florida State lineman tipped the scales at nearly 370 pounds. He told the Ocala (Florida) “Star Banner” newspaper in 2013 that he and his twin brother Henry, who weighed about 360 pounds, began getting back in shape and applied for the “The Biggest Loser.” Joseph got the casting call. In the end, the effort was worth it. He lost 147 pounds in six months.

Story by Dave Edmark, Cooperative Extension Service, U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

*The Biggest Loser is seen on NBC and KARK 4.

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