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‘Biggest Loser’ contestant maps out winning plan for Woodbury students

Lisa Rambo, a former contestant on NBC’s weight loss reality competition “The Biggest Loser,” gave a presentation to Lake Middle School students on Nov. 20 where she discussed her time on the show and her dedication to staying healthy. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

The important messages of eating right and exercising regularly may fall on deaf ears when it comes to middle school students, but what about when it comes from someone who has seen the challenges and the benefits?

Lake Middle School students heard a presentation on Nov. 20 from Lisa Rambo, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” show.

Rambo, a special education teacher, was brought to LMS thanks to a grant that the school’s wellness committee, Change4Life, received.

“We’re trying to emphasize with kids and family the importance of overall wellness,” said Camille Johnson, school psychologist and Change4Life adviser.

Johnson, and school counselor Renee Pruzek, said they wanted to bring Rambo to the school because her message of overall wellness is a message the school is trying to bring to students.

“In order to be a good learner, you have to have different areas of your life fit together,” Johnson said. “If kids are taking care of themselves, it all leads to better outcomes in life. We want to encourage them to make good choices that become lifelong habits.”

Rambo, who lives is Hudson, Wis., appeared on season 14 of the “The Biggest Loser,” which aired in the winter of 2013.

Rambo, then weighing 246 pounds, decided to go onto the show in order to get healthy and be a good role model for her children, according to her “The Biggest Loser” biography.

“I didn’t come here to get skinny,” Rambo said on her blog. “I came here to get strong.”

During last week’s presentation, she discussed what led her to “The Biggest Loser.”

When Rambo was in school, she found running and gym class challenging, which resulted in her avoiding it all together.

“I felt awkward and I felt like wasn’t good at it,” she said. 

It was a combination of poor diet, no exercise and being a busy working mother of four that contributed to her weight gain, according to her biography, and had left her with little time and energy to take care of herself.

While on “The Biggest Loser,” Rambo learned the importance of nutrition, movement and living a healthy style, she told students.

“Everything is tied together,” she said. “You can’t work out a bad diet.”

At the end of Rambo’s run on “The Biggest Loser,” – she was eliminated in week five – she had lost more than 100 pounds.

Rambo said she hasn’t forgotten the lessons she learned on the show.

In fact, she has taught those lessons to her family.

“I got to teach my family how to eat,” she said.

Rambo said her family lives by the “Power Up” system: eat five fruits and vegetables a day; have four colors on your plate; eat three meals every day; limit yourself to two hours of screen time per day; incorporate one hour of physical activity into your daily routine; and have zero sugary drinks.

Rambo has maintained such a healthy style after the show that she was able to complete the New York City Marathon.

Rambo said her perseverance and dedication on “The Biggest Loser” is something that all students can learn from because no matter what students want to accomplish, they have to push forward.

“It all starts with just trying things, but it’s not going to be easy at first,” she said. “If you do the best you can with what you have, what you have will get better and better.

“Go out there and finish strong.”

More information on Lisa Rambo can be found on her blog,

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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