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North Country Biggest Loser meets goal

"Being overweight is lonely," he said. "You're fighting with yourself. You feel like you're by yourself. But, when I got into this program, I was immediately embraced by people that were just like me."

Through the program, Snook was also able to run a 5-kilometer race July 11, during the North Country Biggest Loser 5K walk/run at the PARC Oval.

"It's better than anything I've ever done before," he said of the race. "I've never ran in a 5K."

Although Snook has yet to take a stress test, he is also certain he will be coming off his blood pressure medication.

For Snook though, the experience of the program not only affected him, but his family as well.

"My wife has lost almost 25 pounds," he said. "We eat healthier at home."

Snook is also working to help his mother and sister lose weight, through support and helping them to count calories. His personal goal is to lose 60 more pounds.

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