PODCAST: Byline - The Region loses some weight

The function of a newspaper is to inform readers of a variety of topics. However, is there room for it to possibly change someone's life?

That's what some have felt that do and have participated in the Times' weight loss contests. In its second year of existence, the yearlong competition, named Lose 17 in '17, doesn't only provide a leaderboard as to who can put off the most pounds. It moreover is a platform of accountability for the 17 contestants to stick to their goals, which often requires a lifestyle change.

From changing up diets to discovering creative ways for more physical activity, current and former weight loss contestants share their stories, lessons and tips in the latest episode of Byline.

Kale is a digital producer with the Times. He is a Region native, hailing from Schererville. He writes feature stories, shoots photos, and co-produces Byline, a Times podcast. He is a graduate of Indiana University.