Listen up America: Linda Fondren is on a mission to reshape Mississippi. The 55-year-old mother from Vicksburg, Miss., moved young and old in efforts to get her community to lose weight. Now she seeks a similar goal — move Mississippi from fattest to fittest.
“Mississippi holds the heavyweight title in the U.S.,” said Fondren, who is among theGrio’s notable 100 History Makers in the Making. “It’s time to get rid of that title. Time to get moving.”
The reasons behind her drive:
* Obesity factored in the death of her 54-year-old sister, Mary Washington, in 2006.
* Two-thirds of residents of Vicksburg, a city of 26,000, are overweight or obese.
* For the last six years, Mississippi has ranked the heftiest in the country, with more than a fifth of its youngsters obese.
“Obesity is no longer a personal matter, it affects us all,” Fondren said. “What really needs to happen now is a national attention in our schools. We need physical activity. We have become sedentary because of technology. Physical education needs to go hand-in-hand with education.”
This is awesome….Congrats to Ms. Fondren
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