WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Joe Ostaszewski, a finalist on last year’s popular NBC television series “The Biggest Loser,” will appear at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum on Monday (Feb. 3) to address two of today’s key lifestyle topics – health and wellness.

Ostaszewski’s presentation will cover how athletics, obesity and media coverage affect weight and wellness. Admission is free and open to the public for the 6 p.m. event.

“After the success of my brother and I losing all that weight, (former Florida State head football coach) Bobby Bowden charged me with educating athletes about life and nutrition after college,” said Ostaszewski. “Coach Bowden said he wanted me to give back to college athletes and educate them about my experience. There is no exit strategy for athletes.

“You’re able to eat pretty much whatever you want because you need the fuel and will burn it all off. I’m addressing the transition back to a normal diet and how to better monitor what you’re putting into your body.”

Sponsored by UNCW Athletics, CHHS Globalization and UNCW’s Culture and Diversity Committee, the lecture will include Ostaszewski’s wellness practices, including nutrition and exercise, and outside perceptions at each time in his life.  The 44-year-old former Florida State and Miami Dolphins defensive lineman will also discuss obstacles and motivation.

Ostaszewski’s original weight was 364 pounds and he dropped to 217 pounds, a loss of 40 percent of his body weight. He and his brother, Henry, have established the non-profit organization “Wear Your Soul,” which inspires children to live a healthy lifestyle through outdoor sports.