December 30, 2010

Former Bulldog Appears On MTV Reality Show

Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University women's basketball player Katie Loosvelt continues to make her mark in the sports world and athletics as evidenced by her recent national television appearance.

A four-year letterwinner with the Bulldogs from 2004-08, Loosvelt appeared on Wednesday (Dec. 29) evening's premiere episode of MTV's "I Used To Be Fat" television series.

During the 60-minute reality show, Loosvelt serves as the personal trainer for Gabriella, a 18-year old high school graduate who learns to eat and exercise her way to a healthier weight before she heads off to college.

Loosvelt is featured prominently throughout the debut episode along with Gabriella and her family.  The show follows Gabriella's four-month weight loss program, which resulted in a loss of nearly 90 pounds over the 111-day stretch.

Gabriella's efforts to lose the weight were due in large part to Loosvelt based on an interview she did with Seventeen Magazine (www.seventeen.com).

"I lost weight the only way to really lose weight, by eating right and exercising," Gabriella said.  "I had a great support system. I had my family and friends, but most importantly, I had my amazing trainer, Katie. I owe her my life. She really is amazing and I'm so blessed to have her in my life. She continues to this day to support me."

A native of Trenton, Mich., Loosvelt attended Carlson High School and presently works as a personal trainer for Tilton Fitness in New Jersey and specializes in a number of different areas including weight loss and toning, core development, aerobics, circuit training, strength training and senior fitness among others.  A member of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Loosvelt is also active in the American Council on Exercise and is certified in both CPR and Automated External Defibrillators. She earned a bachelor's degree from FSU in Marketing along with a minor in recreational management.

During her collegiate playing career at Ferris State, Loosvelt appeared in 115 games and made 29 starts for the Bulldogs.  A 5-3 point guard, Loosvelt totaled 322 points, 291 assists, 172 rebounds and 95 steals over her four-year career.  She dished out a personal career-high 99 assists for FSU as a senior in 2007-08 under head coach Tracey Dorow.

Loosvelt claimed Ferris' Hardest Worker Award as a freshman in 2004-05 and helped the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins and a NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen appearance in her junior season (2006-07).  FSU also reached the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Postseason Tournament in all four of her seasons and advanced to the tourney semifinals in both of her final two years.  She presently ranks 10th in school history with her 291 career assists and was a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree.

"I Used to be Fat" is from MTV News & Documentaries, which continues to produce inspiring and in-depth programming that is relevant to young people today. The show is created by 3 Ball Productions, with JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Adam Greener serving as Executive Producers.

Wednesday's premiere episode was the first of 10 scheduled shows to run in the series' first season with a new show airing each Wednesday evening in the 10 p.m. (ET) time slot.

The documentary series will follow teens during the summer after high school as they sweat it out to lose weight and transform themselves completely before entering college. The show comes from the producers of The Biggest Loser, and is part of the network's effort to reconnect with a "millennial" audience

Additionally, MTV.com will check in with each student after their show airs, to catch up with them via video diary. They will also provide users with exercise and eating tips from the trainers featured in the series, to help guide healthy living habits.

MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.

MTV is available on most major cable systems across the United States and can also be found on either DirecTV (Channel 331) or Dish Network (Channel 160).  The "I Used To Be Fat" series will also be distributed throughout the world via MTV later this spring.

Visit this link below for the official show page:
http://www.mtv.com/shows/i_used_to_be_fat/series.jhtml

Visit this link to watch the first episode online:
http://www.mtv.com/videos/i-used-to-be-fat-ep-1-gabriella/1654995/playlist.jhtml

Visit this link for more coverage of the first episode:
http://www.mtv.com/shows/i_used_to_be_fat/episode.jhtml?episodeID=174955

The debut episode of the show featuring Katie Loosvelt is tentatively slated to be replayed on MTV several times throughout the next week. A list of tentative times is found below - please check your local listings.  All times are Eastern.

Thursday (Dec. 30) - 5 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Friday (Dec. 31) - 1:30 a.m.
Sunday (Jan. 2) - 11 p.m.
Tuesday (Jan. 4) - 2 p.m.
Wednesday (Jan. 5) - 12 a.m., 9 a.m. & 9 p.m.

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