Joe Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist and former Florida State University defensive lineman, says the Biggest Loser show saved his life. Now, he’s “riding it forward” in a 2,900-mile bike ride across the country to inspire others and help save American youth from the dangers of childhood obesity. He will stop in Los Angeles on September 25 to motivate local 4-H youth to take the pledge to live a healthy lifestyle and join the fight against childhood obesity.
Ostaszewski, a fan favorite from season 14 of The Biggest Loser who lost 147 lbs more than a year ago, is partnering with National 4-H Council to engage 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, in the effort to mobilize and motivate American youth through “Riding it Forward.” Sponsored by Marucci sports, his ride will begin on July 31 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. and conclude on September 26 at the Biggest Loser Ranch in Calabasas, Calif.
During his stop in in Los Angeles, you are invited for a ride along with Joe from Manhattan Beach pier at the end of Manhattan Beach Blvd To Hermosa Beach Pier and back, starting at 5pm.
“Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that is threatening the lives of millions of Americans, but I am living proof that there is a cure,” said Ostaszewski, Biggest Loser finalist and co-founder, Wear Your Soul Project. “The focus of my Wear Your Soul Project is equipping today’s youth to live healthy, active lifestyles, which aligns perfectly with the mission of 4-H to empower young people to tackle urgent issues and Marucci Sports’ commitment to engaging youth in physical activity.”
Along the “Riding it Forward” journey, Ostaszewski will engage with local 4-H healthy living activities including healthy cooking competitions, nutrition quiz bowls, youth yoga and instructional seminars. While in California, youth will be invited to make a pledge to healthy living and sign their name on the “Riding it Forward” RV that will travel with Joe across the nation.
Youth who can’t join in person will also be able to pledge to run, walk, bike or exercise a certain number of miles and secure donations for each mile they complete. All proceeds will go to support Wear Your Soul Project and National 4-H Council’s mission to empower youth across the nation to live healthier lives. For more information, please visit ridingitforward.com.