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Commit To Be Fit - The Shirley Plan

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Diabetes, kidney failure, high blood pressure.

Those are just a few of the problems linked to obesity.

Now, a prominent Mississippi physician, who has fought for health reform in this state for years, has joined the Commit To Be Fit team.

He has a plan to use a higher power to get Mississippians to Commit To Be Fit.

And it is also time for my first weigh in. 

Visionary and pioneer are just a couple of the accolades that fit Dr. Aaron Shirley.

The 78-year-old founder of the Jackson Medical Mall says he has been watching our Commit To Be Fit reports.

Dr. Shirley said he was inspired with an idea after viewing this page of the Jackson Advocate newspaper.

It had advertisements for 21 Jackson area churches. 

"If we want to do something about the problem of obesity why not engage the churches in a contest," Shirley said.

The idea, he says, is to scientifically determine the collective weight of each church membership and determine what the actual weight should be.

For example, a flock that weighs 5,000 pounds and should be a healthier 3,000 pounds, would challenge its membership to trim down in a weight loss contest over a 12 month period. 

" …and the winner will be the church that reaches...comes closest to reaching its goal of reduction," Dr. Shirley said. 

"…and at the end of 12 months, let's have a grand finale here at the mall and we have a first prize, second prize, third prize winner of churches," Dr. Shirley said.

Dr. Shirley emphasizes churches; not individuals, so no one will be put on the spot.

He has already started the ball rolling, pairing up with Jackson State University to develop partnerships with various health department agencies, making this weight loss venture, not only fun but affordable. 

"The Medical Mall will be contacting each of the ministers on this particular page and selling the idea and recruiting them to participate," Dr. Shirley said.

So, be expecting a call, ministers. 

Now, three weeks into my own effort, it was time for my first weigh in at St. Dominic's Healthy Weight Advantage Center.

I stepped onto the scale and was pleasantly surprised to hear dietician Blair Wright tell me, "You've lost 17 pounds." 

I'm also pleased to announce WLBT has just put the finishing touches on an 8-K run, walk and 1-mile fun run for members of the Commit To Be Fit team and anyone else who would like to participate.

It will be held at the Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland on May 28th starting at 7:00am.

I want to see you there, so, join the Commit To Be Fit team.

Contact me on Facebook or Twitter or email me at hballou@wlbt.com.

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