MN celebrity to appear at Windom Farm and Home Show
WINDOM — After losing more than 200 pounds on season nine of The Biggest Loser, O’Neal Hampton, a Richfield native, is making a stop Saturday at the Windom Middle School to discuss the importance of good health.
Hampton appeared on the show in 2010 with his daughter SunShine and together they lost an amazing 274 pounds.
Now he is using his notoriety to educate others about the importance of good health, nutrition and exercise. He has founded the O’Neal Hampton Wellness Foundation and claims he has an obligation and commitment to pay it forward.
“At the farm and home show, our exercise department at Windom Area Hospital normally has a booth that informs and teaches people about healthy exercise habits,” said Emily Masters, Director of human resources and marketing for Windom Area Hospital. “However, we were wondering if that is really engaging people, so the head of that department wanted to try and get a motivational speaker. Hampton is a great fit for the job.”
Prior to the show, Hampton was a type 2 diabetic, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and bad knees. At one point he weighed 420 pounds.
In a statement he released Hampton said, “After 30 years of being obese my life was changed forever. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be on The Biggest Loser and learn how to be healthy and sustain the change in my life which brought about good health.”
Hampton will be sponsored by the Windom Hospital Foundation, using funds from Vicki Shendel Memorial, which provides for patient and community education.
“In talking with O’Neal, he is just as excited to come spread his word in our community as we are to have him,” Masters said. “It’s great to be able to use these funds to bring a local celebrity to Windom with such a great message.”
“We are also thrilled to be able to use funds generated by our annual Fun Run to really give back to the community,” Masters added.
The Farm and Home Show brings together demonstrations, speakers and vendors from agriculture, home, health and business. It has drawn nearly 1,000 attendees in past years.
“When speaking with Hampton, he expressed that he doesn’t want his message to just be heard by some of the Fortune 500 companies that he speaks at, but at communities like ours as well,” Masters added.
The event will be at the Windom Middle School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.
Hampton will be a featured speaker from 1 to 2 p.m. in the school’s lecture hall.
Masters notes that attendees may want to arrive early to ensure a spot at the free event, and that afterwards Hampton will be available for questions and autographs.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.