What It Took for My Town in One of America's Fattest and Poorest States to Lose 15,000 Pounds
On Sale: May 6, 2014
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Linda Fondren, one of 11 children born to a single mother in
the poorest and fattest state in America, watched the
consequences of obesity ruin her sisterâ€™s lifeâ€”and was
motivated to open an all-female gym in her hometown of
Vicksburg, MS, with the motto "positively reshaping women."
Then, witnessing how many middle- and low-income Vicksburg
residents were brought up short in their fitness and health
efforts by limited budgets, time, and access to resources,
Fondren responded by striking at the root problem. In 2009,
she spearheaded Shape Up Vicksburg, a City Hallâ€“supported
program in which she convinced the local hospital to offer
free health screenings, restaurants to create healthy
low-cal menu options, and Walmart to host weigh-in stations.
Fondren signed up more than 2,500 Vicksburg residents to
take charge of their health and nutritionâ€”many of them for
the first time. They lost more than 15,000 pounds.
Shape Up Sisters! is a get-healthy prescription for regular
people with jobs, budgets, and real-life challenges. Fondren
offers tactics to incorporate exercise into daily
activities, delicious recipes and menus to for eating
healthfully on a budget, and motivation for a major attitude
shift. She wraps it all in her empowering personal story and
the uplifting tales of women who have changed their lives by
following her simple strategies.
With Fondrenâ€™s approachable personality and practical
advice, Shape Up Sisters! is both an easy-to-use guide and a
bold statement in the greater national narrative about
improving health and weight loss across socioeconomic lines.
Dr. Oz - April 18, 2014
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