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"The Biggest Loser" Cameras Rolling in Asheville

[caption id="attachment_285" align="alignleft" width="243" caption="Photo courtesy of Michael Justus, Times-News"][/caption] On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the popular TV show "The Biggest Loser" rolled into town to film a segment at MANNA FoodBank. General Mills has partnered with "The Biggest Loser" to help end hunger while also promoting healthier lifestyles through the creation of the Pound for Pound Challenge.  For every pound pledged, General Mills will donate $.14 to the designated foodbank, and for those participating in Western N.C., MANNA Foodbank is the recipient. Lighten Up 4 Life team members were involved as well, pledging their pounds towards the Pound for Pound Challenge to help increase the amount of support given back to those in our community through MANNA.  I, along with a few other hospital employees, was able to take part in the special event. Upon our arrival at MANNA, we were ushered inside to fill out release forms just in case we became mega movie stars and our faces ended up on national television. The camera crew was preparing their equipment and the set was ready to go. Boxes of food filled up the MANNA warehouse and volunteers waited anxiously for their instructions. Once the cameras began rolling, volunteers were put to work stuffing and labeling bags of rice. Students from local elementary schools were present and very excited about the event. At one point the director said we could all stop working and the children were the first to yell an enthusiastic, "NO!" and the director let us keep packing up boxes with food. The film crew spent the entire day in Asheville showcasing not only the beauty of Western N.C., but also the quality of the people that live here and the great passion we have for helping our community and a continued commitment to wellness.  Don't miss the airing of the show on March 9 at 8 p.m. on NBC.  -L See the Times-News article. See the Citizen-Times article.

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