SELF BULLYING AND LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH"
DRUG FREE/BULLYING PREVENTION
BIGGEST LOSER CONTESTANT, DAN EVANS
Dan Evans helps
students understand the importance of loving and respecting
themselves in order to break free from self-defeating behaviors
like smoking, drinking and drugs. He also makes it clear that
behaviors like drama, victimhood, anger and most importantly
self-bullying all stem from a lack of self-worth.
Dan grew up
captivated by a love of music and a dream of
sharing it with any available audience. He spent
his teenage years honing his skills on the
guitar and piano, and later, welcomed the
challenge of writing and performing his own
songs. But even as his popularity increased with
young audiences in the Chicago area, a single
shadow loomed over his aspirations -- his
constant battle with obesity and self-esteem.
At age 21, his lifelong battle with the scale
and his own insecurities came to a screeching halt in 2008 when Dan and his
mother, Jackie, were chosen to become
contestants on season five of NBC's hit reality
television show, The Biggest Loser. Dan Evans
quickly became a household name amongst the
show's 18 million viewers. He lost 136 pounds
and, subsequently, found the doors to his
childhood dreams flung wide open.
He shares this story along with his inspiring
songs in our interactive assembly presentation.
His song LETTER TO MY ADDICTION is a powerful
anthem to the joys of overcoming obstacles. The
title song from his GOIN' ALL OUT CD tells the
story of never giving up on your dream no matter
who is telling you that you'll never make it.
Prairie Elementary, Rolling Prairie, Indiana "Hey U.G.L.Y.
Presenter Dan Evans was engaging to all ages of our student
elementary school population. Marrying his current music with
powerfully inspiring lyrics, along with personal testimony, his
words spoke directly to our students and the experiences they too
are facing. His energy created an environment of self reflection
for the bullied as well as the bully, while feathering the
delivery with genuine affection and understanding. Our students
were able to leave the presentation with real life tools to
assist them in combating bullying."Melissa
Kuczmanski / School Guidance Counselor "Dan's presentation helped me not to call
Luke fat." 3rd Grade Student
"It really helped me with a lot of anger things." 3rd Grade Student
"After the presentation I was so nice to people and because of
that it changed my mind.
It was just so awesome." 3rd Grade Student
Excelsior Youth Center, Aurora,
"I learned to not self-bully and to not let
people bully me. I liked the music and guitar." 4th Grade Student
"Dan helped me ' squish out' my
self-bullying. When a negative thought comes into my mind I just
think of Dan and his presentation, then I push out the negative
thought and put in a positive thought." 5th
"This made me feel so happy because now I
know not to make fun of myself." 4th Grade
"He helped me realize that sometimes when
my friends call me a bully they're telling the truth. I realize
now that I have got to stop bullying. I am trying to change me."
5th Grade Student
"This program made me more self-confident
and made me watch my temper when people make me mad." 5th