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Former Biggest Loser contestant to host workshop in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND — Former Biggest Loser contestant Hannah Curlee and celebrity fitness trainer Carter Hays will encourage and inspire at the Fit and Free Workshop.

The two-day workshop April 19-20 in Grand Island aims to teach participants how to live a healthier lifestyle by focusing on “who you are, not just where you are.”

The workshop was organized by Sara Theesen of Kearney, who attended the Unleash the Champion Wellness Camp in Thompson's Station, Tenn., in September.

The camp was created by Olivia Ward, “Biggest Loser” Season 11 winner; Hannah Curlee, “Biggest Loser” Season 11 runner-up; Carter Hays, a fitness trainer who helped “Biggest Loser” contestants during their at-home training; and Mary Nell Roberts, who met Hays while he was training Curlee for the finale of “Biggest Loser” Season 11.

The weeklong camp included boot camp workouts, hikes, fitness classes, workshops and optional life coaching sessions with the camp's leaders. Special presentations were given by “Biggest Loser” contestants from Seasons 11 and 12.

Theesen, 19, recently received an email from Hays, who was looking for people to conduct workshops. She responded to the email and offered to organize a workshop in the Tri-Cities.

“I know how they have changed my life. My life is completely different,” Theesen said. “I want everyone else to experience what I have experienced.”

Since January 2012, Theesen has lost about 100 pounds.

She will share her story during the meet and greet on the first day of the workshop.

On the second day of the workshop, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will hear Curlee and Hays speak about the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of making healthy life changes.

“It's not a common thing you hear of,” Theesen said. “To have the knowledge and support from those people is definitely worth the money.

“It's not every day that a 'Biggest Loser' comes to Nebraska.”

Curlee began the “Biggest Loser” weighing 248 pounds. After having lost 120 pounds, she now tours the country speaking about the importance of nutrition and wellness and writes the blog, MyFitspiration.

Hays has 35 years of experience fitness and athletic performance. He has developed exercise, nutrition and lifestyle strategies for professional athletes, “Biggest Loser” contestants and music artists. He has trained professionals from all the major sports and Olympic athletes.

“If you're committed enough, you should come,” Theesen said.

“You'll get the encouragement and the support you need. Most people know what they need to do. It's just doing it and following through that is hard.”

Theesen said the workshop will also allow participants to meet people who are on the same journey.

The workshop is limited to 30 people.

“You don't feel like you're just a number there,” Theesen said. “You can ask questions and get the nutrition and help you need to be successful.”

Fit and Free will take place at the Good Samaritan Society at 4075 Timberline St. in Grand Island.

The cost is $350 per person or $600 per couple. Lunch will be provided Saturday.

“If you were to cut out eating out from now until the workshop, you would save enough to pay for it,” Theesen said. “If you're really committed to changing your lifestyle, you can't put a price on it.”

The registration deadline is April 1.

For more information and to register, go to or call Theesen at 402-705-2605.

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