The Town That Lost a Ton: How One Town Lost 3,998 Pounds and How You Can Too!

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Learn this innovative, program-oriented way to use the support of your friends, coworkers or family to lose weight.

In the spring of 1998 the people of Dyersville, Iowa, decided to go on a community campaign to improve their health by discarding pounds. The program worked. In just ten weeks a small, middle-America town made history when 383 participants found themselves standing together on a huge truck scale. Together they lost 3,998 pounds, ...

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Overview

Learn this innovative, program-oriented way to use the support of your friends, coworkers or family to lose weight.

In the spring of 1998 the people of Dyersville, Iowa, decided to go on a community campaign to improve their health by discarding pounds. The program worked. In just ten weeks a small, middle-America town made history when 383 participants found themselves standing together on a huge truck scale. Together they lost 3,998 pounds, and in doing so have sparked a new concept in health and fitness.

The key to the Fight the Fat program, which now boasts over 3,000 participants, is the buddy system. Because people need support, because they do not want to disappoint their partner(s) and because they are inspired and motivated by the success of those who want to help them, the program succeeds.

It is not about being a size 6 or being able to run a marathon. It is about feeling good about yourself no matter what size you are and being healthy. It is also about being able to turn to people who can help you, and helping yourself by helping others.

The Town That Lost a Ton is divided into ten chapters that deal with stress, exercise, food, motivation, relating to others and maintaining what you have achieved. It also contains a weekly workbook that includes focus questions for your journal, healthy habits for the week, foods for the week, recipes, self-empowerment exercises and anti-stress techniques.

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How do you lose 3,998 pounds in ten weeks? Join up with a couple hundred of your friends and neighbors and follow the Fight the Fat program. That's how the people of Dyersville, Iowa, did it. Teamwork and simple, sustainable lifestyle changes, incorporated a week at a time, are the pillars of this program, but enthusiasm is the glue that holds it together -- and there's more than enough enthusiasm in this book for an entire town full of people.
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The authors a supervisor, nutritionist and marketing director, respectively, at Dyersville, Iowa's Mercy Medical Center, along with freelance writer Myerson team up to outline their Fight the Fat Program, which originated in 1998 in Dyersville when Clemen and her colleagues discovered that 50% of local health problems were weight-related. The first 383 participants lost a total of nearly 4,000 pounds. The key to losing weight, the authors claim, is reducing stress, eating healthier foods and working with at least one buddy (if not an entire town). The program, which has grown to include more than 3,000 participants, is apparently working, with the buddy system making the crucial difference. Most of the tips included in this upbeat guide are old hat (don't forget to eat breakfast, write down what you eat and watch your portions) but the idea of sharing progress and failures with others on a team (or with one individual "buddy") will appeal to those who want to lose weight but haven't found the long-term motivation. Enticing recipes and "foods of the week," as well as tips for reducing stress (such as music, massage or gardening), make the book worth picking up, but readers should brace themselves for a battery of peppy exclamation points, tireless (and sometimes tiresome) optimism and dieting lore that will probably sound familiar. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Find out how, under their Fight the Fat program, 383 residents of Dyersville, IA, lost a total of 3,998 pounds in just ten weeks. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570717468
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1902
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    10 times more interest in my love life

    The book helped me lose 38 pounds in 19 (I freuquently get asked out but have to remind myself I'm happily married) weeks because I used it like a bible. I read it over and over until I had memoriesed the whole thing. I now subconciously use the Buddy system to eat healthy and work out. The books easy to read, I dropped out of school in year 8 and I understood it, and the buddy system was easy to use aswell

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