Two weeks ago, my friend, Jacques, a Swiss endocrinoligst with a specialty in diabetes, came to Boston to visit for the week and to attend the Endocrine Society annual meeting. For two weeks each year, Jacques runs a successful sports camp for diabetic athletes in St Moritz, where they learn how to monitor their glucose levels and are taught ways to become motivated and more active and fit.
We got into a discussion about the fitness level of people from Boston versus other cities. One of his colleagues from France, also here for the meeting, remarked that the people from Boston seem to be more fit than in other parts of the USA.
I had to agree, as I have travelled extensively around the country for MomsTeam. Jacques wondered if, perhaps, it was not an illusion, and that the more sedentary folks are just not out and about, but inside watching TV.
Today, I had a chance to get to the bottom of his observation, which I share below. I was spurred on by a producer who sent the following WONDERFUL request:
"We are the Producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition & Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. We are currently casting for a brand new daytime talk show for ABC, searching for inspirational and deserving women. Our show centers around weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. We want women with 50-100 lbs to lose, and who've placed such importance on putting others first, that they've lost focus of taking care of themselves.
We give them all the tools they need to reach their goal; a trainer, nutritionist, meal delivery, etc. And follow their journey as they do it. It is a very non-intrusive process, they resume their daily lives, just with more help than they are used to :o). But this isn't just a weight loss show, we want people that are very deserving of this opportunity to highlight their story, kind of like "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".
The producer was asking me to target and include women from Boston. Somewhat confused, as MomsTeam is a website with a national reach, I replied:
"Happy to help! It is a great idea. Just an observation-as I travel the USA as a speaker-I have noticed that folks in the Boston area seem to be much more fit than other parts of the country. I wracked my brain for someone (and asked my staff) for names and we don't have anyone in mind. We do have a huge following so will help with your search."
Not only is this a great opportunity for anyone, not just those in Boston, to participate, but for you as a viewer to get the heads up about what looks like will be a great new show.
And, in case you are curious, according to a 2011 study from the American College of Sports Medicine, Boston is, in fact, one of the fittest cities in the nation, ranking third, behind only Minneapolis and Washington, DC.
If you want to learn more about "The Revolution" : Weight Loss Edition, you can visit their website or contact the casting director, Natalia James at 424.236.7500 ext 7626.