Haworth College of Business News

“Biggest Loser” contestant to speak in Kalamazoo

A Season 12 contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and Western Michigan University alumnus and former Bronco football player, Mike Danley, BS ’71, will bring his message of motivation, health and wellness to Kalamazoo in a “Biggest Bronco Loser” special presentation.

“Coach Mike” Danley, will speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, on WMU’s campus in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and a complimentary healthy foods reception at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and representatives from WMU and Bronson Athletic Club will be on hand to share health and wellness information and community resources with the audience. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center lot. Reservations can be made by calling 269.387.5050.

The 62-year-old Danley, from Spencerville, Ind., is an assistant football coach at R. Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., one of the more successful football programs in the region.

Although he was eliminated in the competition, the real success story is about how the show helped Danley lose weight through a healthy lifestyle. He currently weighs in at 213 pounds, down 96 pounds from his original starting weight of 309.

“The biggest challenge was within me,” Danley said of being on the show. “I am very competitive, but I just knew I had to change, and there had to be a makeover here that would help me in years to come. I didn’t look at it as competing against the other contestants. I knew they had their own goals and their own reasons for being there, mine were for health and longevity.”

Danley now runs drills with the Snider football team and looks forward to a long life with his family. “Fitness continues to be a journey for me, but it is a life-changing experience,” says Danley. “I am still in the process of working out and losing weight to better myself.”

The event is sponsored by Bronson Athletic Club and Holtyn & Associates in conjunction with the WMU Haworth College of Business, The WMU Center for Gerontology at the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Education and Human Development, Sindecuse Center’s Office of Health Promotion and Education, University Recreation and Western Wellness.