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Feed My People launches fitness program

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

Feed My People, Inc., a Stockbridge-based, non-profit community service agency, has launched a health and wellness program, aimed at fighting obesity.

The anti-obesity program is called Stand To Get Fit. It is a collaboration between the non-profit food bank ministry and Youth Media Minds America, a multimedia school for youth.

Lil' Jimmy, a fictitious, 12-year-old child-fitness mascot, is also involved in the program.

"Feed My People, Inc., isn't only committed to feeding the community, we're committed to getting the community moving, as well as eating healthy, through our community gardens, and Stand To Get Fit Program," said Allyson Lewis, the executive director of Feed My People.

Stand To Get Fit was developed to get children and adults involved in the fight against childhood obesity, added Lewis. "Adults and children alike are suffering from chronic obesity-related health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma," she continued. "Poor eating habits, and lack of exercise, are rampantly adding to the obesity epidemic."

Stand To Get Fit plans to reach out to the community through multiple outlets, and services, with three main objectives in encouraging exercise, healthy eating, and spreading the word, according to Lewis.

The program will involve the creation of community gardens, the use of exercise and gardening videos, as well as the use of media outreach, according to Rashida Mickens, a public relations specialist for Feed My People.

Stand To Get Fit offers 'Lil Jimmy's Get Fit kitchen' to teach healthy eating to children, noted Mickens. 'Lil Jimmy also will visit schools to provide information and activity on healthy eating and exercise.

Mickens said adults who register for the program can expect to benefit from monthly weigh-ins, fitness training, a registered dietitian, monthly menus, professional chef assistance, and support groups. Participants will track their progress and celebrate their successes together.

Registration for Stand To Get Fit is $10 by cash, or check, which will cover the first month of the program. Monthly fees, thereafter, are $10 per month.

Mickens said the program's registration will continue through Saturday, Jan. 29, at Feed My People, Inc., located at 6045 N. Henry Blvd. Suite C, in Stockbridge. The first weigh-in will be held Jan. 31, at Champions Fitness Training Academy, 177 Kendra Drive, in McDonough. To learn more, contact Allyson Lewis at (678) 565-7800.