CAMAS AND WASHOUGAL MAYORS TEAM UP WITH LOCAL HEALTH COACH TO PUT THEIR COMMUNITIES ON A DIET AND LOSE 10,000 POUNDS
Press conference May 2nd at 11:00 am will launch the “Camas and Washougal On A Diet” challenge
Camas and Washougal, WA – Scott Higgins, Mayor of Camas, and Sean Guard, Mayor of Washougal, have joined forces with local health coach, Michelle Clark and her Fat 2 Fit NW team, to challenge their communities to the “City on a Diet” program. On Wednesday, May 2nd at 11:00 am the Mayors will host a Press Conference at Captain William Clark Park in the Port of Washougal to launch the “Camas and Washougal On A Diet” challenge.
Inspired by the results of Oklahoma City On A Diet (www.thiscityisgoingonadiet.com), Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative (www.letsmove.gov), and The Biggest Loser® television program, this group of community leaders are challenging their two cities to compete with each other to get healthy and to create awareness about obesity and healthy living. Participants can compete as individuals, groups and even corporations to see who can lose the most weight. The program features daily exercise events combined with community activities to pull people together to support one another at getting healthy. Activities include daily walks on the Washougal Dike, Senior hikes at Camas Round Lake, evening bike rides, 5K events, a tug-o-war between the Mayors, a children’s fitness camp and various other events. The program is scheduled to run for 12 months.
Motivated by the growing problem of obesity in American and concern for his own health, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard states, “I want to get our cities outside walking and talking and getting to know each other again! The long background of rivalry between Camas and Washougal is sure to keep the challenge interesting and encourage residents to participate.”
Both mayors have teamed up with Michelle Clark and her team at Fat 2 Fit NW, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the community to become healthier through group workouts, nutrition education, and life coaching with a certified trainer.
“Nearly 60% of the adults in Camas and Washougal are overweight or obese*,” says Clark. “Nationally, 1in 3 adults are obese and 1 in 6 children are obese. At Fat 2 Fit NW, we want to be part of the solution and that solution is not just about consuming fewer calories than we burn. It’s about a life-long journey grounded in health and nutrition education, daily decisions about good health and diet and choosing less sedentary recreational activities. And it’s a journey that doesn’t have to be traveled alone.”
According to Clark, individuals can join the challenge online at www.camasandwashougalonadiet.com and track their weight, size, daily calories and exercise results on the web site. They can also connect with other participants to share challenges, victories and weight loss tips or just receive encouragement to keep going toward their goal. The website will also feature a Health Journal sponsored by the National Obesity Society.
*The Center for Disease control defines obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
As I sat in my living room with my family watching season 11 Biggest Loser Finale I visualized how powerful it would be to be in the audience. I reflected on the amazing transformation of the contestants and their inspiring stories that help me to encourage my clients as they experiance their own weightloss process. You see, I have been a huge follower of the Biggest Loser from their very first broadcast. The show has opened up society to the discussion of America’s obesity issue, which is at a 33.8 rate in adults, 17% in children. Many people do not understand obesity and have uneducated opinions of an obese or unhealthy person. Jillian Michaels is a big role model to me. I am driven to continue building my platform through Fat2Fit in Clark County to fight obesity. I can just imagine my self sitting in the audience of the Biggest Loser season finale and feeling the energy of the crowd. Seeing the transformation of the contestants, hearing Alison Sweeney announce the Biggest Loser, and then feeling the confedee fall. What an amazing experiance it would be… and then came the phone call.
On December 12th (season 12) I was sitting in the 3 row from the front of the stage with the trainers to my right. The music band, “Train” had played the theme song live. We were being televised and the show was narrowing down to the final 3 contestants before final Biggest Loser was announce when all of a sudden, I realized that I had imagined myself here just a season ago. At that moment I was in total awwe of how this had even happened! The crowd was full of energy and anticipation as it was time for Alison Sweety to announce the winner. It felt like time had stopped. I took that time to just take it all in. Everyone around was smiling and feeling the inspiration in the room. Then Alison announced “John Rhodes” as winner of the The Biggest Loser and the confedee began to fly. There are so many things that I took from this experience such as having the power to dream and have that come true, as well as taking the time to cherish these unbeliveable moments. I was so truly blessed to experience this inspirational moment. The networking and support wrapped around the visit to Los Angeles has also opened up amazing doors for our Fat2Fit organization and I can’t wait to have an even larger impact on tackling obesity in our community! When I watch this year’s season finale I won’t be fantasizing of what it would be like… my family and I will be pointing out shots of me in the audience instead!
I ask this question daily. You would be surprised by the answers I have been given. Of course there: Look better, be attractive to opposite sex, be healthy. But, really what motivates you?
A women just lost 135lbs to be able to donate her kidney to save her brother’s life. He brother had to be on dialysis 3 times a week. When she first approached the doctor. She was told she was too over weight to even be tested as a donor.
Now they are scheduled for surgery. She maybe saving “his” life but, truly there were two lives saved. What does it take to motivate you?
Jillian Michaels and I discuss the loaded question – what is the impact of emotional baggage on weight loss?
I saw something today that I just had to share with you because it was really weighed on my heart…
I was leaving Target today there was a mother and daughter leaving as well. I think the daughter was maybe 5 or 6. She was walking next to her mom eating a pretzil from the cafe. As I was taking in the picture of the mother and daughter walking, I realized that the little girl was already what we would consider obese. She was walking very slow as she was crossing the parking lot. She had kanckles (calves and ankles that have no seperation from each other) and just looked unhealthy.
This really broke my heart and made me want to make a difference.