Show: Sports Medicine & Fitness Show

Fitness Guru, Richard Simmons
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
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America's most revered fitness expert, the one and only, Richard Simmons joins the show to discuss Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and his passionate plea to get children all across America healthier and losing those unhealthy and dangerous excess pounds!
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Thirty years and 3,000,000 pounds later, Richard Simmons is still going strong. Using his unique wit, passion and enthusiasm, Simmons, the nation’s most revered fitness expert, continues his crusade to reach out to the masses, encouraging them to take control of their fitness destiny. Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose more than 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating. Growing up in the French quarter of New Orleans, where lard was a food group and dessert mandatory, Richard weighed 268 pounds when he graduated high school. An entrepreneur at a tender age, Simmons sold pralines on New Orleans street corners where he learned to charm and entertain his customers. After trying everything from bizarre diets to laxatives, Simmons took control of his weight problem by adopting a lifestyle of balance, moderate eating and exercise. Simmons prevailed over his own weight problem before relocating to Los Angeles in 1973. There was no significant fitness movement in this country at the time, and to no avail, Simmons attempted to find a health club that wasn’t for people who were already in shape. After traversing the county, and unable to find a facility open to people of all shapes and sizes, his only alternative was to create that safe haven. In 1974, after consulting with doctors and nutritionists to ensure the safety of a program tailored to the needs of everyone, from the overweight and obese, physically challenged to the seniors, a determined Simmons established an innovative place where the overweight of the world were welcomed with open arms. This program was met with instant success and continues today at SLIMMONS in Beverly Hills, where Richard still teaches. While many of his legions of fans are overweight, he also resonates with everyman, anyone who has a few pounds to lose and wants to be fit. Knowing that exercise and weight loss regimes must go hand-in hand, Simmons has created a series of products that integrate the two components of a sensible weight loss program. His newest exercise DVDs, released in January 2010, are “Sweatin to the Oldies 5” and “Tonin’ to the Oldies.” All of Richard’s programs offer well-known and wildly popular songs personally selected by him for the ultimate workout experience. Still fighting the fitness battle with humor and enthusiasm, Simmons vows to never give up and promises that he will continue his crusade until it’s time for him to teach classes at the Pearly Gates.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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