By Danza Johnson | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Patrick House may be a Biggest Loser, but as he told children at HealthWorks! on Saturday, that has made him a huge winner.
The 29-year-old from Vicksburg won Season 10 of the popular weight loss show “The Biggest Loser.” House, who was 421 pounds when he went on the show and is now 230 pounds, said the show changed his life and he wanted to share that lesson with people all over the country, especially children.
“HealthWorks! is a great place for children to come and play and just have some healthy fun,” said the father of two. “They are playing and running around and don’t even realize they are burning calories and being healthy. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t hard and the younger we are when we realize that the better off we will be in the long run.”
House played with the dozen or so children at HealthWorks! until everyone was breathing hard and laughing even harder. Eight-year-old Jacob Anderson had a blast playing with his new, taller friend. His mother ,Cynthia Anderson, had a blast watching and listening to House’s story.
“I think to actually see him now after seeing him on the show at 400 pounds makes him very real to me,” said Anderson. “I believe that it’s possible to lose weight and be healthy because I’m looking at the proof right in front of me.”
House lost a total of 202 pounds on the show and took home a cash prize. But it’s the other things he received from the experience that he values more than the money.
“It saved my life,” he said. “I had high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a lot of other health problems related to my weight before the show. Now I am healthy and I’m living healthy.
A part of his new healthier lifestyle has been jogging. House ran in the Rudolph Run 10K in Pontotoc on Saturday before coming to Tupelo. House finished the run in about 55 minutes.
“The run was fun,” he said. “I love to run now and work out. If I don’t do it I feel bad and feel like I’ve let myself down. So I’m always doing things to stay in shape and get healthier. That’s a passion of mine now. And chasing these children around today has been great cardio as well.”