An exciting wellness initiative is launching across the state and you are invited to join the MOVEment!

"The Biggest Loser" Race Series is coming to Crown Point, Indiana on Sunday, April 30th, as it hosts a Half Marathon, 5K, and a new "Motivational Mile." The half marathon will start at 8:00 a.m., the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the "Motivational Mile" will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Lake County Fairgrounds.

The Biggest Loser Race Series is a non-intimidating race series and all fitness levels are encouraged to come out and participate! This will be the second time that Crown Point has been chosen for "The Biggest Loser" themed race event. "The Biggest Loser" Race Series is operated by Season 16 contestant Andrea Wilamowski.

"We are very pleased to welcome the Biggest Loser Race Series back to the South Shore. Nearly 2,000 people participated in 2015 and we are hoping to beat that number this year," said Speros A. Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore CVA.

For more information on the race series, registration, VIP packages and our local charity partners, visit

NEW THIS YEAR ..... We are also excited to announce The Indiana Community Challenge, presented by Franciscan Health. This eight-week, online health & wellness community competition begins on February 27 and is the perfect preparation for the Race Event. Race Series participants receive FREE entry into the Community Challenge!

Individuals and companies who are not competing in the Race Series are also invited to join. The Challenge is for all fitness levels and is designed to get our community moving, eating better and having fun! Compete via web or app. Prize draws will be made each week!

"We added an 8-week community challenge so that corporations can sign up as a team to help create the "well-culture" that all companies should be striving for. You can bet that Franciscan Alliance employees will be out there in force. Healthy employees are happier employees. The 8 week challenge is the perfect formula for team building and camaraderie. Anyone can do it...let's go!" Said Marci Crozier, Franciscan Director of Health Promotions and Season 11 Contestant on the Biggest Loser.

Franciscan Health has generously sponsored a 20% off discount code for the Community Challenge, making this exciting wellness offering is an affordable and fun way to welcome spring! Individuals are encouraged to participate and businesses are encouraged to register employees with the code FRANCISCAN.

More information on The Biggest Loser Race Series & Community Challenge, as well as online registration and key dates can be found online at:

Healthy People. Healthy Companies. Healthy Communities!