‘Biggest Loser’ Participates in Cardio Tennis
March 5, 2011
Patrick House, the winner of Season 10 on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” took part in a Cardio Tennis Kids presentation on Feb. 24 at the Professional Tennis Registry Symposium on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Cardio Tennis (www.cardiotennis.com), a program managed by the Tennis Industry Association, was one of the activities that Biggest Loser contestants participated in, with surprise guest Anna Kournikova, now the new spokesperson for Cardio Tennis.
After going through Cardio Tennis on the show, House, who played tennis as a junior, said he “fell back in love with tennis” and plans to get back into the game. At the start of The Biggest Loser season, House weighed 400 pounds. He shed 181 pounds by the end of the season.
“Tennis is a great game and, and Cardio Tennis is a great program,” House told the audience of tennis teachers and coaches. “Cardio Tennis isn’t about keeping score, it’s about having fun and getting exercise.” Also in attendance were 25 fifth-grade students from the St. Francis School on Hilton Head Island, who helped the TIA’s Cardio Tennis team demonstrate the Cardio Tennis Kids program.
“When I first saw Patrick last May on The Biggest Loser set as we were running Cardio Tennis for the contestants, I knew he understood that Cardio Tennis was all about getting healthy and in shape, while having a lot of fun,” said Michele Krause, the TIA’s Cardio Tennis National Manager. “It was great to have him speak to tennis teachers and the students, about the Cardio Tennis Kids program and how it can help fight childhood obesity.”
House, who said he’s always been involved in mentoring kids and volunteering, now works for Mindstream Academy in Bluffton, S.C., a boarding school for overweight teens that helps them solve their weight problems. “We figure out what’s driving their weight problems,” he said. “It’s not about what you’re eating, it’s about what’s eating you.”