You don’t have to go far to hear about, or even see for yourself, the very pressing reality that is childhood obesity. The numbers are staggering – 17 percent of U.S. children, according to the CDC – and the results frightening – as this is the first generation of children not expected to live longer than their parents. Of the millions of children and families facing these daunting health concerns, three of them come forward and speak out in tonight’s “Too Fat for 15: The Obesity Crisis,” a first-ever town hall special on The Style Network.
The “Too Fat for 15″ series is in its second season, following a group of young teens during their time at Wellspring Academy, a weight loss boarding school. From that series, three students (Tanisha, Carysn and Rachel) will join host and co-producer Alison Sweeney, from Biggest Loser, and Ruby Gettinger, from Style’s “Ruby,” for a lively one-hour conversation about how to inform both children and parents about creating healthier lifestyles at home.
“They knew I was passionate about childhood obesity,” Alison Sweeney told us about becoming involved with the show. Saying that she’s a fan of the series, she added that “It’s so inspiring and so important to get this information out there.”
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Alison Sweeney announced on her Twitter page March 14th that she is starting a Shape-Up Week, using the hashtag #shapeupweek, the specifics of which she outlines in her book, The Mommy Diet.
Shape-Up Week is a week of clean eating, consistent exercise, and no slip-ups. It doesn’t fall on a specific calendar day, it’s any week you feel as though you need one to get back on track and kickstart your results and motivation. Your Shape-Up Week can be any week you choose- it is just a week where you recommit to your goals, and stick to them for an entire week.
According to Ali’s website, “…the bottom line is that this week I am going to focus on my health and fitness. It’s not just like any other week, when I work at health and fitness but win some and lose some.This week I am 100% goal-oriented. No sweets, no treats, no excuses.”
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For the past 17 years, SELF Magazine has been promoting women’s fitness during the annual Workout in the Park. This year promises to be better than ever with 17 different workout classes, including Kama Strength and LaBlast, to help women reinvent themselves into the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves that they can be. Famous fitness celebrities such as Allison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet, will also be at the workouts. Another new perk to this year’s schedule is that the Workout in the Park has added a new city to it’s tour: San Francisco, California.
Workout in the Park is more than just a fitness rally. Women from across the country meet up at the designated time and place to experience current trends in the fitness industry while also learning about the hottest beauty, health, and nutrition essentials that are in the market today. Even if it rains, nothing can put a damper on the Workout in the Park and the girl-power that it ignites in all of the participants.
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A devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand this week, and since then two aftershocks have continued to leave the populous city scrambling for safety. According to ABC News, at least 65 people have died and dozens have been injured. Rescue efforts are under way.
While this isn’t news DietsInReview.com would ordinarily report, many Biggest Loser fans know that members of the show’s cast and crew have been in New Zealand for the past week filming for season 11, as Bob, Jillian and Ali have been tweeting about their adventures.
We reached out to our press contact for Biggest Loser and have received confirmation that everyone is safe. It appears they are a “good distance away from Christchurch” and were not affected.
While they are not affected physically, it is evident that the trio is using their position to help raise awareness for the people in New Zealand who have been.
Bob Harper posted on his Facebook page: “We are okay from the earthquake in NZ and we are praying for the families in Christ Church. Thank you for your prayers.”
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UPDATE: This episode will air again on July 28, 2011.
Tune in this Thursday, February 17, to Rachael Ray to catch Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney. Alison will be talking about her new book, The Mommy Diet, and sharing her best weight-loss tips for moms. Then, she’ll have to put her training to the test on Rachael Ray’s red carpet obstacle course.
To write The Mommy Diet, Alison got advice from top Hollywood trainers, nutritionists and doctors. The book includes nutrition, fitness and fashion tips for women who want to get pregnant, those who already are and new moms. Thursday’s episode will also feature a healthy recipe for a filling soup.
Check you local listings for show times.