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Tara Costa Leads the Inspire Change Foundation by Example

Tara Costa on The Biggest Loser season 11

Tara recently discussed the Inspire Change Foundation during a guest appearance on the current season on The Biggest Loser.

After competing on The Biggest Loser in season seven, Tara Costa knew she didn’t want to go back to her old finance job. “I knew that I wanted to continue down the path of helping people, and helping people never feel the way I felt at 300 pounds,” she told DietsInReview in an interview yesterday. “Realistically, it’s a horrible feeling to never be able to feel comfortable in your own skin.” Tara knew she wanted to be involved with helping people live healthier lives on a daily basis. “It always stemmed from, ‘How can I make a difference?’ ”

Tara answered this question in two ways. The first was to return to school and pursue her masters in physical education. The second was to found the Inspire Change Foundation. Tara explains that the mission of Inspire Change is “to help both children and adults to lead healthier lives and to embrace change, and not be fearful of it.”

Over the past year, Tara and her team led by executive director Michelle Robie have worked to turn her idea into a reality. “A lot of time, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into creating everything,” Tara says. The foundation’s first project is Kicks 4 Kids, which will provide athletic shoes to children from kindergarten through eight grade who would not otherwise be able to afford them. Their goal for 2011 is to donate over 500 pairs of shoes to kids in at least 10 cities in the U.S.


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Nike Lets You Run and Raise Money With Donate Japan Campaign

Nike has launched “Donate Japan,” a campaign designed to encourage people to log the kilometers they are running to raise money for the relief efforts in Japan after the March earthquake and tsunami devastated the country.

The way the campaign works is runners make a small donation between $5-25 to the American Red Cross and then use Nike Plus to log as many kilometers of running as you can over the course of 30 days. Many companies and individuals have teamed up with Nike and will donate money for each kilometer you run.

Nike Plus is advanced technology that makes cardiovascular training more enjoyable, competitive, and motivating. The program keeps track of your distance, best times, calories burned, and length of trainings, and also offers integrated online challenges, like “Donate Japan,” where you can compete with friends, family, or strangers all over the world.


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Do IHOP’s National Pancake Day the Healthy Way

National Pancake CelebrationEach year, IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day by giving away free short stacks in exchange for asking customers to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event is usually held on Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Day), but this year the IHOP’s National Pancake Day will be a week earlier, on March 1st.

This event certainly has good intentions, but we have to remind you that a IHOP’s short stack of three original buttermilk pancakes contains 490 calories, and that’s before you add the butter and syrup. However, we have a few suggestions to help you enjoy the occasion without having a total calorie-fest. After all, you might want to save that for actual Mardi Gras, right?


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Paying it Forward at Biggest Loser Resort

Provided by The Biggest Loser Resort, sponsors of the Biggest Loser Newsletter

The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge was so inspired by the past Biggest Loser season’s Pay it Forward theme in season 10 that they decided to find out how others were paying it forward. The responses were amazing! Read how former Resort guests are paying it forward here – but that’s not all.

One former guest chose to pay it forward by gifting an entire week’s visit at our Utah Resort. After losing over 100 pounds and visiting the Resort three times, an anonymous guest chose not only to gift an entire week to another former guest – he also gave two other former guests gift certificates to apply toward their next visit to the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.
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Get in Your Workout While Giving Back

The holidays are a time for caring about others and giving back, but if you can indulge your charitable spirit and reap a few benefits yourself, all the better, right?

Check out some ways you can lend a helping hand to others while doing your health a favor.

Walk dogs at a dog shelter. There are many more dogs at shelters than workers, so lend a hand and take a few pups with you on your morning stroll. The dogs will get some much needed human interaction and exercise right along with you, and the animal shelter would love the help. Dogs make the perfect fitness buddies, and who knows? You just may find your new best friend.


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