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April 5, 2007 – No. 8

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Before: 215 pounds, After: 150 pounds
Andrea Baptiste was one of the first contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” She became the biggest female loser on the show.
Andrea Baptiste before & after

When losing is winning

Andrea Baptiste is a bit of a celebrity these days.

She actually made it to the finals of one of those reality television shows.

She didn’t win.

She lost.

And lost, and lost.

And that was a good thing, because the show, “The Biggest Loser,” was all about contestants losing weight and getting fit. Full story

Brandy CruthirdTaking the first step

No one needs to tell Brandy Cruthird to take the lead on physical fitness and health.

A former basketball star at James Madison University, Cruthird started her own fitness club in a studio apartment in 1996. Since then, her company, Body By Brandy, has grown to a 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Dudley Square in the heart of Roxbury. Full story


Obesity: A growing epidemic click here

Body by Brandy 4 Kidz click here

Mary White, pictured with sons, Verdo (l) and BJ
Accumulation of weight around and above the waist (apple-shaped) rather than the hips and buttocks (pear-shaped) increases a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease.

Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) click here

Calculate your waist to hip ratio click here

To determine if your health is threatened by your weight, click here

Questions & Answers click here

No magic pill click here

Complications of Obesity click here

Read before you eat click here

The hidden sugars click here

The skinny on fat click here

NeighborWalk Walking Groups click here

Heart Disease and Obesity Screenings click here

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