“STOP SELF BULLYING AND LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH”
INTERACTIVE DRUG FREE/BULLYING PREVENTION
BY 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.
Rolling 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, Colorado
“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 Grade Student
“This made me feel so happy because now I know not to make fun of myself.” 4th Grade Student
“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 Grade Student