Team calls for participants in weight loss challenge

In the spirit of togetherness, seasoned with a little friendly competition, two nutrition junkies are calling on the community to join together in a weight loss challenge this summer.

The idea comes from the popular TV show, “The Biggest Loser.” It’s a 12-week program in which participants pool their money and the biggest “losers” split the pot at the end. There are three top prizes and a fourth for inches lost.

Nina Fussing of Del Mar and Michael Davis, based in Point Loma, will lead the 12 weekly “EZ Weight Loss 101″ classes starting May 2 in Del Mar.

Each participant contributes $29 to the pot. Fussing said they hope to get about 50 participants, with up to a $1,250 payout to the winners in the end.

Fussing and Davis are independent distributors for the meal replacement product Herbalife. Fussing said the courses would include information about using meal replacements for weight loss, but that participants won’t be required to purchase their products to compete.

Davis has run numerous weight loss challenges in other parts of the country where he was based before coming to San Diego. He met Fussing over a conference call for people interested in nutrition.

“Not only is it fun because they win money for doing something they want to do anyway,” Davis said, “but, it’s life changing. The idea is to help people change their habits.”

Davis said he and his wife, who lives in Virginia, have run similar challenges in the past and helped hundreds of people lose weight.

“It’s a community event,” he said, “It really brings people together.”

Davis is an active military member stationed at Point Loma. Fussing moved to Del Mar from Hong Kong in late 2008, after her husband Paul Novell got a job at Agigatech in Poway.

Fussing and Davis are still looking for a location for the classes. “If all else fails, we’ll hold them at my house,” Fussing said.

The first class starts May 2. To register, call Nina or Mike at 703-7195.

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