Shape Up Sisters! What It Took for My Town in America’s Fattest and Poorest State to Lose 15,000 Pounds

Linda Fondren. Rodale, $14.99 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-62336-144-0
Fondren, owner and manager of Vicksburg, Miss.-based female fitness center Shape Up Sisters, offers a how-to on battling obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as sharing the inspirational story of her life, family, and hometown. As one of 11 children, Fondren grew up in one of the poorest states with an “over-the-top” obesity rate; after losing several family members to obesity-related illnesses, she was determined to educate others about exercise and eating well, with an emphasis on community support as a key to long-term success. Fondren discusses the launch of Shape Up Sisters, follows with “Mother Wit” (advice on adjusting thought patterns to tap into emotional and physical strength), and concludes with a practical guide on nutrition and exercise using resources found in everyday life. The book provides accessible suggestions for beginners, especially those battling obesity. Fondren’s encouraging, urgent tone is infectious and will appeal to readers who want to change their lives. After hearing Fondren’s story and encouraging advice, it’s impossible not to feel empowered to focus on personal wellness, and to get others on the path to health as well. Agent: Lynn Johnston, Lynn Johnston Literary. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/21/2014
Release date: 05/06/2014
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