The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney has joined forces with Crest and Oral-B on the Life Opens Up Project, which encourages people to share and vote on videos showcasing how having a healthy smile has affected their lives, with two participants winning a trip for two to New York City to appear on the Rachael Ray Show and up to $25,000 to make a dream come true. We got the chance to ask Alison about her role in the program, plus got the inside scoop about The Biggest Loser's next season and our September issue cover girls, Olivia and Hannah:
FITNESS: What made you want to partner with Crest and Oral-B on the “Life Opens Up” project?
AS: "I teamed up with Crest and Oral-B as a spokesperson for the Life Opens Up Project campaign because I know the importance of a healthy, confident mouth through my career as an actress, author and television host. My mouth plays a role in how I interact with individuals as a wife, mother and friend in my personal life as well. Your mouth is usually the first thing people notice about you, and when you have a healthy mouth that you can be proud of, that confidence really shines through!"
FITNESS: The Biggest Loser winners Olivia and Hannah are our September issue cover girls (check out the issue, on stands this week!) What did you learn from them?
AS: "I can't say enough how much I love Olivia and Hannah. They are both such amazing women. They inspired me so much during their season. Watching them overcome their obstacles and facing their weight loss journey side-by-side, together, but still allowing each other to do it on their own too. I was so moved by their sisterly connection."
FITNESS: What’s in store for the new season of The Biggest Loser?
AS: "It's an exciting season. This is a wonderful group of people and I have really enjoyed getting to know them. Again, we are seeing tremendous weight loss on the scale, but also big breakthroughs in the gym and in their minds! There have been some really fun moments but it will, as always, require tissues to watch."
FITNESS: What do you think about the newest The Biggest Loser trainer, Anna Kournikova?
AS: "I have really enjoyed getting to know Anna. She is such a driven, hard-working person, it's impossible not to admire how committed she is to helping these contestants. And I can't say enough how nice she is."
FITNESS: What are your go-to beauty products for post-workout and when you’re on the go?
AS: "I work out outdoors a lot. Whether it's a hike with my kids or just an outside yoga routine, my go-to beauty product is SUNSCREEN!!! (Editor's Note: You go, girl!) I rely on the one I use for the kids because it's water/sweat proof, so it’s perfect for tough cardio routines too."
FITNESS: What are the best beauty tips you’ve picked up over the course of your career?
AS: "Mostly I've learned from super talented make-up artists that less is often more. On set, we use more makeup because of the lights than is natural for everyday looks, so I can't really do the fancy red carpet stuff, but I can pull myself together for a night out. Key things to remember: Blend out the eyeliner with a Q-Tip, curl the lashes before applying mascara, and add some sort of light lip gloss or lip stain (I always forget that and end up searching my purse for whatever color I can find in there)!"