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Biggest Losers Ed and Heba to Participate in Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh’s Club Day for Children

When the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh asked Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from season six of the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser," to help plan a Club Day for children, they immediately rose to the occasion.

"Ed and I were thrilled to help plan this fun, fitness-focused day for the Boys and Girls Club," said Heba. "We want to help teach kids from a young age that fitness is fun, and this is a great way to do just that."

The 1-Mile Fun Run will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at Rapid Fitness on 509 W. North St. Interested participants can arrive at 9:30 a.m. to register or can pre-register online at www.day4kidsraleigh.org. Following the run, children and their families can enjoy games and have a chance to win prizes at Rapid Fitness. Participation in the event is free.

Ed and Heba will be at the event to cheer the kids on during the race and spend time with them as they explore the games and vendors set up inside Rapid Fitness.

For a complete schedule of Ed and Heba’s events and appearances, please visit www.edandheba.com.

For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh, please visit wakebgc.org.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Biggest Losers Help Bring the Gym to You

Biggest Losers Ed and Heba to be New Territory Managers for Home Training Group™ North Carolina

Raleigh, NC (July 20, 2010) -- Getting in shape just got a lot easier for North Carolinians. Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from season six of television's The Biggest Loser, will be serving as territory managers for Home Training Group™ (HTG) North Carolina, a service that provides one-on-one, couples, or small-group customized sessions in the convenience of your own home.

"Ed and I are thrilled about working with the Home Training Group™," said Heba. “So many people don’t work out because they feel that they simply don’t have time to make it to the gym. But thanks to the Home Training Group™, the gym can come to you. It's a fun and affordable way to get in shape."

"We know how important it is to find the right fit when it comes to a trainer," said Heba. "Even though you've got to be the one who wants to get in shape, a good trainer can serve as a source of motivation and inspiration."

After appearing on The Biggest Loser, Ed was inspired to get his personal trainer's license, and he put it to use by volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club, teaching youth healthy living practices. Ed and Heba also have a "10 in 2010" fitness campaign, which aims to help motivate others to get in shape and stay fit, a goal they believe is accessible to everyone of every fitness level. They will be participating in 10 or more races and triathlons throughout 2010.

"Being on The Biggest Loser taught us that you can get healthy, you can lose weight—you just have to be willing to make it a priority in your life," said Heba. "We hope that with the Home Training Group™ we can continue to help people throughout North Carolina get motivated and start making positive changes in their own lives."

About Ed and Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

To learn more about Ed and Heba, please visit www.edandheba.com.

About Home Training Group
Home Training Group™ is a professional trainer referral agency. They ensure that all trainers are licensed, certified and insured. They guarantee a client's satisfaction and will provide additional referrals at no charge. HTG also offers a life-style changing food program, with Chef-prepared natural and flash-frozen menus delivered right to your door. There are no preservatives or additives, the calorie count is personalized for your goals and they are low in sodium and sugar.

For more information about Home Training Group™ North Carolina, please visit www.hometraininggroup.com, email Heba at heba@hometraininggroup.com or call 919-265-9446.

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Biggest Loser Heba to Visit Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Ivins, UT (July 14, 2010) -- Heba Salama, weight loss winner from season six of the reality TV show The Biggest Loser, will be visiting The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Ivins beginning July 25. Heba will be participating in the fitness activities with resort guests, offering healthy cooking tips and blogging about her experience.

"The Resort is a wonderful place for people who want to start or keep up with a healthy lifestyle," said Heba. "I'm looking forward to meeting all of the guests, enjoying the beautiful desert and trying out the fitness classes they offer!"

The Resort is founded on a four-point philosophy of fitness, nutrition, education and relaxation. Guests work out six to seven hours per day, take hikes in Snow Canyon State Park and participate in the more than 20 different group classes the Resort offers. It has been cited as one of the top ten destination spas for Best Affordability, Best Fitness Program, Best Hiking and Best for Weight Loss.

For a complete schedule of Heba’s events and appearances, please visit http://www.edandheba.com.

For more information about The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge Ivins, please visit http://www.biggestloserresort.com.  

About Heba
Heba shot to fame when she become the first woman to win the “at home” prize of $100,000 on TV’s The Biggest Loser. She and her husband Ed, who finished in second place, lost a combined total of 277 pounds. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Biggest Losers Ed and Heba Head to West Coast for San Francisco Triathlon

San Francisco, CA (June 30, 2010) -- Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from the reality TV show The Biggest Loser, will be participating in the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island July 9th-11th.

"We’re excited to continue promoting the need for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle with a triathlon on the west coast," said Heba. "Ed and I are ready for the challenge, and the beautiful backdrop of San Francisco will definitely help push us to the finish line."

Ed and Heba specifically will take part in the Olympic Distance Triathlon along with many other participants and winners from past seasons of The Biggest Loser. The Olympic Distance Triathlon includes a 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run.

The San Francisco Triathlon is part of the couple’s "10 in 2010" fitness campaign. Ed and Heba will participate in 10 or more races and triathlons throughout 2010 to motivate others to get in shape and stay fit, a goal they believe is accessible to everyone of every fitness level.

Ed and Heba’s "10 in 2010" is supported by partnerships with Performance Bicycle (http://www.performancebike.com) and Raleigh Running Outfitters (http://www.raleighrunning.com).

For a complete schedule of Ed and Heba’s events and appearances, please visit http://www.edandheba.com.

For more information about the San Francisco Triathlon, please visit http://www.tricalifornia.com/index.cfm/SF2010-main.htm.

About Ed & Heba Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Biggest Losers Ed and Heba Continue "10 in 2010" with Triangle Race for the Cure®

Raleigh, NC (May 28, 2010) – Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight-loss winners from The Biggest Loser, will be participating in the fourteenth annual NC Triangle Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. The 5k race benefiting breast cancer research will be held at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, June 12.

Joining Ed and Heba in the Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure® will be Heba’s brother, Hisham Salama. They will be running in honor of Sara Williams, Heba’s mother and a 12-year survivor and breast cancer awareness advocate, and Peggy Blum Hill, Heba’s grandmother and a breast cancer victim. Peggy lost her eight-week battle with breast cancer in September 2009.

"Running in honor of my mother and in memory of my grandmother will help fuel us through this race," said Heba. "It will be inspirational to be surrounded by the friends and families of breast cancer victims, breast cancer survivors and women currently battling the disease. We all really are racing for the cure."

The Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure® raises funds and awareness with a focus on promoting the fight against breast cancer, celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have lost their battle.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is part of Ed and Heba’s "10 in 2010" fitness campaign. Ed and Heba will participate in 10 or more races and triathlons throughout 2010 to motivate others to get in shape and stay fit, a goal they believe is accessible to everyone of every fitness level.

Ed and Heba’s "10 in 2010" is supported by partnerships with Performance Bicycle (http://www.performancebike.com), Raleigh Running Outfitters (http://www.raleighrunning.com) and Rapid Fitness (http://www.rapidfitness.com).

For a complete schedule of Ed and Heba’s events and appearances, please visit www.edandheba.com.

For more information about the NC Triangle Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, please visit www.komennctriangle.org/.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Biggest Losers Ed and Heba to Serve as Celebrity Judges at Big Chef/Little Chef Fund Raiser

Charleston, SC (May 25, 2010) - Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, season six weight-loss winners from television's The Biggest Loser, will be serving up their culinary expertise as celebrity judges at Charleston’s second annual Big Chef/Little Chef fund raiser on June 17. The competition places an emphasis on creating healthy fare and will be hosted by the local nonprofit Louie’s Kids, an organization that promotes the awareness and treatment of childhood obesity.

"We are very excited to be working with Louie’s Kids and taking part in an event that teaches children about healthy living in a way that is engaging and educational," said Heba. "The issue of childhood obesity is a serious concern and a topic of great importance to me and Ed. We welcome the chance to help demonstrate that healthy food can also taste great."

The Big Chef/Little Chef event will take place at the Lowndes Grove Plantation from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will provide local professional chefs an outlet for showcasing their abilities while teaching attendees how to cook delicious and healthy dishes. These "big chefs" will be paired with "little chefs," all of whom are members of the Louie's Kids organization.

Ed and Heba were originally introduced to Louis, founder of Louie’s Kids, while participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run. His nonprofit organization piqued Heba’s interest with its treatment-focused solution, an attitude she found innovative and inspirational. Her curiosity drove her to visit the after-school Fit Club program, where she spoke with the children and learned about the various resources the organization provides.

"I believe that Louie’s Kids is going to change a lot of lives and reverse the destiny of some of the kids involved who may otherwise be sentenced to a life of being obese, or worse yet, a life cut short because of it. This is a serious problem, and we all have to be proactive, accountable and do everything we can to help fix it. It’s huge, literally," said Heba.

Ed, a Culinary Arts graduate of Johnson and Wales University and former Magnolia sous chef, and Heba will be serving as guest judges alongside Emmy Award-nominated television host, chef and author Marvin Woods. All three judges will vote on dishes in the categories of flavor, originality and nutritional content.

Louie's Kids was founded in 2001 to fund treatment solutions for childhood obesity, a problem that plagues 25 million children in the United States. The organization helps economically disadvantaged children find the treatment regimen that is right for them.

Tickets for the event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.louieskids.org.

For more information about Ed and Heba, visit www.edandheba.com.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Biggest Losers Ed and Heba to Eat and Compete for Charity in DOUGHMAN Quadrathlon

Durham, N.C. (May 17, 2010) – Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from the reality TV show The Biggest Loser, will be participating in the third annual charity DOUGHMAN race in Durham on May 29.

"We’re thrilled to be participating in a local race that raises money for kids in our community," said Salama. "The DOUGHMAN race will be a lot of fun, but definitely a challenge—Ed and I have been training hard, but having to eat at various points throughout a race is new for us!"

The DOUGHMAN is a charity quadrathlon that raises funds and awareness for two Durham youth programs, Durham Inner-city Gardeners and SeeSaw Studios. Each organization educates youth about organic farming and design arts, respectively, with the goal of helping these young adults carve out a successful path in life.

The race consists of four-person teams, and each team member must perform an individual eating and athletic leg before joining together for a final all-team eating and sprint race to the finish line. The race consists of a bike leg, an aquatic leg and two run legs. Ed and Heba’s fellow team members are Daniel Wright and Rebecca Meyer from Season 8 of The Biggest Loser.

The DOUGHMAN is part of the couple’s "10 in 2010" fitness campaign. Ed and Heba will participate in 10 or more races and triathlons throughout 2010 to motivate others to get in shape and stay fit, a goal they believe is accessible to everyone of every fitness level.

Ed and Heba’s "10 in 2010" is supported by partnerships with Performance Bicycle (http://www.performancebike.com), Raleigh Running Outfitters (http://www.raleighrunning.com) and Rapid Fitness (http://www.rapidfitness.com).

For a complete schedule of Ed's events and appearances, please see http://www.edandheba.com.

For more information about the DOUGHMAN race, please visit http://www.doughman.org.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's The Biggest Loser by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness, as well as appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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Chef and Biggest Loser Winner Ed Brantley to Serve Up Healthy Feast at Beaufort's Food and Wine Weekend

Beaufort, N.C. (April 7, 2010) -- Ed Brantley, weight loss winner from NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and professional chef, will be showcasing classic dishes made healthy on April 22 at the Beaufort Food and Wine Weekend. Now in its sixth year, money from the five-day event will benefit the Beaufort Historical Association, Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Carteret County Community College Culinary School.

"This event is a fun way for me to help give back to the North Carolina community," said Ed. "It also gives me an opportunity to promote healthy eating. Food can be good for you and still taste good, and that's a message I want to spread to as many people as possible."

Ed's event, "Your Favorites Made Healthy," begins at 7 p.m. at the Coral Bay Club at Atlantic Beach. Steele Winery, winner of the 2009 best in show award, will provide complementary wines for guests to sample. Tickets are 45 dollars and can be purchased by visiting http://www.beaufortwineandfood.com.

Ed will work alongside fellow guest chef Scott Howell from Nana's in Durham. Local chefs Genevieve Billiar of Coral Bay Club, Kelly Murphrey of Picatta's and John Andreola of Milazzo Italian Restaurant will also be on hand to assist.

For a complete schedule of Ed's events and appearances, please see http://www.edandheba.com.

About Ed Ed graduated from the prestigious Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, S.C. with an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Food Service Management and currently teaches at The Art Institute of Durham. After working at several restaurants and owning his own catering business, Ed and his wife Heba Salama shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's "The Biggest Loser" by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. Ed finished the show in second place. Since then, he and Heba have been busy writing a cookbook of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and promote fitness and appearing regularly as guest speakers.

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TV's Biggest Losers Ed and Heba Partner with Rapid Fitness


Ed and Heba working up a sweat at Rapid Fitness, where they will act as Wellness Ambassadors.

Raleigh, N.C. (February 4, 2010) -- Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from NBC's "The Biggest Loser," have announced their new relationship with the Triangle's Premier Gym, Rapid Fitness. The couple will act as Wellness Ambassadors for Rapid Fitness, and Ed, a certified NFPT Trainer, will join the personal training staff at the gym's downtown location.

"We were ready to work closely with and promote a gym where the client is the focus. I don't have years of experience in personal training, but I have lived the other side of the battle in losing weight and working hard to get healthy," said Ed. "I am really excited to pass on what I have learned in my journey, and hope to help other people finally reach their goals as well."

The couple will make monthly appearances for Rapid Fitness, and work to promote their healthy lifestyle through the facilities and training offered by the gym's two currently opened facilities located at 7101 Glenwood Ave and at 509 W. North Street in downtown Raleigh, with their third location opening next month in North Ridge Shopping Center located off of Falls of Neuse Road.

"Going to the gym can be really hard to stick with," said Heba. "We found that Rapid Fitness holds true to it's slogan of ‘Quick Results, Done Right,' and we love being able to work out in such a state-of-the-art facility with all of the latest equipment. We quickly felt at ease with their facilities and staff and can't wait to spread our message of wellness alongside this company."

Rapid Fitness works to set itself apart from other Triangle gyms with their client-based approach to fitness and corporate wellness programs.

"We saw a void in the market and wanted to create a workout experience that was more than just a ‘gym'," said Michael Rattenni, owner of Rapid Fitness. "We are focused on getting the best results for the client through our personal training staff, group exercise classes and top-of-the-line equipment. We offer a quality of life change, not just a fitness plan. Having Ed and Heba further promote healthy lifestyle in a non-intimidating setting helps us reach out to a broader audience of people seeking to change their lives through fitness."

The first major project the couple is launching will be a "Bootcamp for Brides", which is set to launch by mid-February.

"I was a heavy bride, and I wish there had been such a great opportunity for me! The access to Rapid Fitness' facilities and trainers with a huge prize pack at the end is just icing in the cake," said Heba.

The Bootcamp will award one lucky couple that makes it through the Biggest Loser-type challenge with gifts from local vendors, including flowers, a wedding cake, wedding bands and pampering from Primp SalonBar in Raleigh.

For more information on Rapid Fitness, go to www.rapidfitness.com.

A complete guide to Ed and Heba's speaking schedule and appearances can be found at www.edandheba.com.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's "The Biggest Loser" by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first, and so far the only, woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a book of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and maintaining a busy speaking schedule. They expect their cookbook to reach stores in the spring of 2010.

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"Biggest Losers" Ed and Heba to Teach Healthy Cooking Techniques at The Annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Celebration

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 12, 2010) – Professional chef Ed Brantley and his wife Heba Salama, weight loss winners from Season 6 of TV's "The Biggest Loser," will bring a combination of healthy bites and celebrity to the Annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach March 11-14, 2010.

Ed and Heba will host the opening reception, teach healthy cooking classes and act as celebrity judges at the Grand Finale Taste of The Beach Expo, where over 20 restaurants will compete for the 1st ever TOBY Awards. Awards include "Best Booth Presentation," "Best In Show" and "Peoples Choice." Ed and Heba will also participate in the 21st Annual Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Running of The Leprechauns 8k race.

A graduate of the prestigious Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, Ed worked under well-known chef Donald Barickman at Magnolia's in Charleston's historic district. He currently teaches European Cuisine at the Arts Institute of Raleigh, North Carolina.

In addition to his experience as a chef, Ed and Heba are working on a cookbook of healthy recipes for release later this year. The couple will teach cooking classes featuring recipes from the book at the Annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach.

"It's an honor to be included in the Annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach and the event's culinary traditions. We're looking forward to the opportunity to share some of our favorite recipes from the cookbook we're working on at an event that combines good food and an appreciation for healthy living in our home state," said Ed.

"We're very excited to have Ed and Heba as special guests for this year's Annual Outer Banks Taste Of The Beach Weekend. Between Ed's experience as a chef, the couple's upcoming cookbook and their North Carolina roots, they're a perfect fit for this event," said Outer Banks Restaurant Association President Ben Sproul.

Hosted by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, the Annual Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend is an opportunity for anyone from casual chefs to foodie fanatics to sample a wide range of foods through events, including tapas crawls, brew classes, wine dinners, organic farm to fork experiences.

For a preliminary schedule of Taste of the Beach events that feature Ed and Heba, visit http://www.obxtasteofthebeach.com/scheduleofevents.htm.

For a list of upcoming events and appearances by Ed and Heba, visit www.edandheba.com.

About Ed & Heba
Ed and Heba shot to fame as weight loss winners on TV's "The Biggest Loser" by losing a combined total of 277 pounds. On the show, Heba became the first, and so far the only, woman to win the "at home" prize of $100,000 for the highest percentage of weight lost overall. Her husband, Ed, finished the season in second place. Since then, the couple has been busy writing a book of healthy recipes, working with non-profit organizations to prevent childhood obesity and maintaining a busy speaking schedule. They expect their cookbook to reach stores in the spring of 2010.

About The Annual Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend
The Outer Banks Restaurant Association began holding the Taste of The Beach over 20 years ago. Since then, the event has evolved into a foodie-fanatic weekend, exposing visitors to dozens of the Outer Banks' finest restaurants and brewers through wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, guest chef appearances, brewery tours and the Grand Finale Taste of The Beach Expo, where restaurants compete for "best in show" honors.

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Biggest Loser's Ed and Heba Help University of North Carolina Kick Off 2010 with a B.A.M. - Behavior, Attitude and Motivation - for Weight Loss

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 18, 2010) – Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from Season 6 of TV's "The Biggest Loser," will offer motivation, advice and moral support to dieters this Thursday evening, January 21, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Student Union auditorium. The event, hosted by Campus Recreation and Counseling and Wellness Services, is free and open to the public.

"Being at ‘The Biggest Loser' Ranch taught me and Ed the importance of moral support and encouragement when it came to making big changes in fitness and eating," said Heba. "With this event we have the opportunity to provide that same kind of motivation and support right here in my hometown of Chapel Hill."

Ed and Heba will describe their experiences, struggles and how they stay motivated in the face of temptation, diet plateaus and exercise burn-out:

Time: 5:30PM
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Location: UNC Student Union Auditorium

For more information about UNC's B.A.M. program, please see http://campusrec.unc.edu/special_events/index.html#biggestloser.

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TV's "Biggest Losers" Ed and Heba Announce "10 in 2010" Fitness Campaign

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 8, 2010) -- Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from TV's "The Biggest Loser," have announced their fitness campaign "10 in 2010". The couple will participate in ten or more races and triathlons throughout 2010 to motivate others to get in shape and stay fit, a goal they believe is accessible to everyone of every fitness level.

"Racing gives us the opportunity to stay fit and healthy, as well as meet and inspire people on their own weight loss journeys. We prove that if we can do it, anyone can," said Heba.

Their plan for 2010 also includes races linked with charitable organizations that address childhood obesity, cancer and empowering women to succeed.

"Our race selection is very much a reflection of who we are, where we've been and how far we've come in our journey to get healthy," said Heba. "We're excited to be racing in both our hometowns, and to participate in such important races such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Angels Race Triathlon. We hope that our efforts inspire people to get active and get involved!"

For several of the planned races, Ed and Heba will partner with other former "Biggest Losers" in hopes of increasing attention to their ongoing commitment to being wellness ambassadors for people trying to overcome obesity.

Ed and Heba plan to participate in the following races during 2010:

2/28 - Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon, New Orleans, LA
3/13 - Leprechaun 8k Nags Head, NC
3/27 - Cooper River Bridge Run10k, Charleston, SC
4/10 - Tarheel 10 Miler, Chapel Hill, NC
5/23 - Ramblin' Rose Triathlon, Chapel Hill, NC
5/29 - Doughman Race, Durham, NC
6/12 - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Raleigh, NC
6/19 - Smithfield Sprint, Smithfield, VA
7/10-11 - Triangle Triathlon, Raleigh, NC
9/5 - Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon, Virginia Beach, VA
9/19 - Angels Race Triathlon, Clemmons, NC
10/2 - Lake Royale Triathlon, Louisburg, NC
11/6 - City of Oaks, Raleigh, NC
12/6 - Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon, Las Vegas, NV

Ed and Heba's "10 in 2010" is supported by partnerships with Performance Bicycle (www.performancebike.com), the nation's leading bicycle retailer, and Raleigh Running Outfitters (www.raleighrunning.com), a community leader in running retail, advice and training.

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TV's "Biggest Losers" Ed and Heba Welcome Raleigh Running Outfitters as Official Running Partner through 2010


Ed and Heba outside of Raleigh Running Outfitters, the couple's exclusive running sponsor for 2010.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (January 5, 2010) -- Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners from reality TV show "The Biggest Loser," recently announced their partnership with Raleigh Running Outfitters. The couple will work with the local retailer to promote running as a fun and accessible way to get in shape and stay fit. Raleigh Running will also be Ed and Heba's official running sponsor as the couple tackles their "10 in 2010" goal of running five triathlons and five half-marathons in 2010.

"Heba and I were really impressed with the folks at Raleigh Running," said Ed. "It's clear from the moment you enter the store that it's the one-stop shop for runners of all abilities. Everyone at the store is a passionate runner and is enthusiastic about getting you on track in a healthy way."

Raleigh Running sets itself apart from other local retailers by offering customers a unique video gait analysis. Using high-speed video and advanced imaging technology, the Raleigh Running staff analyzes the stride, ankle motion and foot strike of each customer as they run on a treadmill. Based on the analysis results, Raleigh Running Outfitters makes shoe recommendations for each runner's unique biomechanical traits.

"We started Raleigh Running as a way to share our product knowledge and create a community of people committed to exercise and healthy living. Ed and Heba are great representatives of that commitment, and we're excited to work with them," said Jim Micheels, owner of Raleigh Running.

As part of their partnership with Raleigh Running, Ed and Heba will be leading a number of seminars for runners and walkers at the store to encourage people to start a fitness program. The couple will share their personal experiences from TV's "The Biggest Loser" and tips on how to stay in shape by incorporating regular exercise into daily life.

Ed and Heba's Raleigh Running partnership wraps up a year that began with the couple's successes on the hit TV show "The Biggest Loser." Early 2010 plans include teaching cooking classes at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, appearing at the Outer Banks "Taste of the Beach," the Beaufort Food and Wine Weekend in Beaufort and the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh.

The couple will also be participating in a number of triathlons and road races, including the Rock and Roll half-marathon in New Orleans in February and the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston.

A complete guide to Ed and Heba's race and speaking schedule can be found at http://www.edandheba.com.

About Raleigh Running Outfitters
In 2003, lifetime runner and avid marathoner Jim Micheels opened Raleigh Running Outfitters with his wife, Carolyn. Their intent was to introduce the performance running products they loved and depended on to runners in the growing Triangle area. Today, Raleigh Running Outfitters still strives to serve as a retailer to which all runners can go for honest, expert advice on product performance, training and racing, injury avoidance and athletic excellence. For more information about Raleigh Running, visit http://www.raleighrunning.com.

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Performance Bicycle Helps "The Biggest Loser" Finalists Ed and Heba Gear Up for Triathlons


Ed and Heba model their brand new Performance Bicycle gear at the Chapel Hill retail location.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (December 2, 2009) -- Ed Brantley and Heba Salama, weight loss winners on TV's "The Biggest Loser," have announced that Performance Bicycle, the nation's largest specialty bike retailer, will act as their "Official Bike Sponsor" as they tackle their "10 in 2010" triathlon and racing goal. Ed and Heba's "10 in 2010," including five triathlons and five half-marathons, begins in February in New Orleans.

Ed and Heba kicked off the partnership at Performance's Chapel Hill, North Carolina location, where they were outfitted with Performance tights, shorts and jerseys. Two Scattante CFR Sport Carbon Road Bikes, customized by Performance with aerobars for aerodynamic positioning and computers for speed and distance tracking, are the centerpiece of the sponsorship.

Heba, a Chapel Hill native, is thrilled to partner with the national bike store and its retail location in her hometown.

"Performance has an incredible national and local reputation as a great resource and top gear shop for cyclists. We're thankful to work with a leader in the industry and in our community as we take on our upcoming triathlons," said Heba. "Ed and I found the Performance team to be knowledgeable, helpful and dedicated to making cycling an enjoyable activity for everyone."

"Ed and Heba's hard work and commitment to health and fitness are a great story," said Lynnette Montgomery, Performance Bicycle's vice president of direct marketing. "Our mission is to get more people on their bike more often, and Ed and Heba continue to inspire people to change their lives in positive ways. We're confident that they'll encourage a new generation of kids and adults to get fit and healthy through cycling."

The partnership with Performance caps a year of successes that began with the TV show, "The Biggest Loser." Early 2010 plans include teaching cooking classes at Southern Season in Chapel Hill, appearing at the Beaufort Food and Wine Weekend in Beaufort and the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh, and racing triathlons and road races, including the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina. A complete guide to Ed and Heba's race and speaking schedule can be found at http://www.edandheba.com.

About Performance Bicycle
Performance Bicycle is the number one bike specialty retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance, Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans catalogs, a website and 86 nationwide stores that cater to both the avid biking enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information about Performance Bicycle, visit http://www.performancebike.com.

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