'Biggest Loser' Finalist coming to Rome First


Joe Ostaszewski, finalist from last season’s The Biggest Loser, will share his story as part of Rev. Chris  Barbieri’s sermon on January 5 at Rome First UMC.
Joe was a star football player at Florida State in the 80s. After his playing days were over, his weight ballooned and his health declined. Drawing on his faith and sensing he was called to take action, Joe applied for The Biggest Loser and was accepted on to last season’s show. He made it to the final episode and in the end lost nearly 150 pounds. His story is as much about faith as it is about diet and exercise. 

Every year, millions of Americans make the same resolution: lose weight…exercise more…get healthier. Most will fail. Similarly, many people make spiritual resolutions: this year I’ll grow closer to God…I’ll read my Bible more and be in a study…I’ll volunteer regularly. Again, many fail. 

Why is this? We know getting physically and spiritually healthier is the right thing to do. What’s missing? The bottom line is our failure to remain physically and spiritually healthy prevents us from living the lives God has called us to live.

As a kickoff to the new year and introducing an “All Things New in the New Year” sermon series, everyone is invited to hear Joe Ostaszewski’s powerful story of personal transformation on January 5 in 9 a.m. and 11: a.m. worship.

In addition to his appearance on Sunday morning, Joe will speak about his Wear Your Soul Foundation at the Rome YMCA from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wear Your Soul exists to inspire children and their families to believe in themselves and to teach them how to live the healthier lives they were born to live. Wear Your Soul events introduce children and their families to outdoor adventure sports as well as teaches them about healthy, nutritional choices.  

While Wear Your Soul is for everyone, they have a passion for helping children battling childhood obesity. (An outdoor Wear Your Soul Exploration Pavilion event in Rome is currently in the planning stage.)

Also on Sunday afternoon, Dr. Todd Kelley, pediatrician with Harbin Clinic, will share tips on how to promote healthy habits in children.  The Sunday afternoon event is free and is co-sponsored by Rome First UMC, Harbin Clinic, and the Rome/Floyd YMCA.

Rome First is located at 202 E. Third Ave., Rome, Ga.  The YMCA is located at 810 East 2nd Ave., Rome, Ga.  For more information visit www.romefirst.org or call Rev. Chris Barbieri at 706-291-8590.