The “Fittest Little Community” in America

Carole Carson wants you and your friends to organize and lead a community meltdown. In this video, Carole tells the story of her personal lifestyle change and about how hundreds of people in her small community came together to lose more than 4 tons of weight and also regain, no pounds, new vigorous lives. What you see and hear in Carole’s story and the people in the community who made their story possible, can be your story, too!

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We’re in the process now of organizing a “community meltdown” locally here in South PA. For those who don’t live in the PA area, we also hope to organize challenge groups online using the http://www.Facebook.com/JimmyFit page. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

Would you like to start an exercise program? How about Insanity? You can watch a short video about the program here.

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Obese Now Outweigh the Overweight

From Live Science:

A growing American phenomenon has reached a statistical milestone: More Americans are now obese compared to being simply overweight.

Results from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), released last month, indicate that an estimated 32.7 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3 percent are obese and 5.9 percent are extremely obese.

The obesity figure of 34.3 percent is up from 23 percent in a similar study done in 1988 through 1994.

The studies were provided by the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics.

73% of U.S. Population Overwieght or Obese

From About.com’s Geography column:

“The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States has found at 72.9% of the country’s population is overweight, obese, or extremely obese. The big news from this study is that more people over 20 years of age are now obese (34.3%) versus those who are simply overweight (32.7%).”

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A feeding tube is now a bride’s best friend?

You can watch a FOX News report about it here.

Another article from The Chicago Sun Times can be found here.

Hangovers, Hamstrings & Husbands

“AB-hancer” Get a Six-Pack in Seconds! (Recommended for Psuedo Athletes)

I thought this was funny. Someone just posted it on Facebook and I thought I’d also share it here.

Fundraising with Fitness (FIT Kids Clubs)

I’m been trying to get some of our local schools interested in starting FIT Kids Clubs.

If you’d like more info, just send me an email at: jimmyfit@beachbodycoach.com

Obesity In Moms Ups Autism Odds

Here’s an interesting article I found online today from “Disability Scoop”:

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The number of children born with autism is on the rise and so is obesity. Now researchers say the two may be linked.

In a study of more than 1,000 children, researchers found that mothers who were obese during pregnancy had a 67 percent greater chance of having a child with autism and were more than twice as likely to have a child with another developmental disorder. What’s more, moms with diabetes — which often occurs in those who are overweight — were 2.3 times more likely to have a child with developmental delay.

The findings published Monday in the journal Pediatrics are among the first to tie autism and developmental delay to the presence of metabolic conditions like obesity and diabetes in pregnant women. Researchers say their discoveries carry significant public health concerns, citing statistics showing that nearly 60 percent of American women of child-bearing age are overweight.

“It really was eye opening,” said Paula Krakowiak of the University of California at Davis who led the study. “This would add to reasons to do whatever you can to maintain your health.”

For the study, Krakowiak and her colleagues looked at over 500 children with autism, nearly 200 with other developmental delays and about 300 typically developing kids in California.

Through interviews with the children’s mothers and reviews of medical records, they found that obesity, diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy were significantly more common among mothers who gave birth to kids with developmental problems.

It’s unclear why metabolic issues like obesity would increase the odds of autism and other developmental problems, but Krakowiak said that the body’s reaction to such conditions could negatively affect a baby’s brain development.

“There are already benefits of modifying lifestyle — eating healthy and being active — but not only is it going to increase your own well-being, but it also might reduce the odds of adverse effects in your child,” Krakowiak said.

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