Health professionals join forces to fight obesity

ST. LOUIS - Local health experts are joining forces to get the people of St. Louis on their feet.

"Move with us. We're going to be doing lots of dancing and really have a great time," said Lauren Landfried, City of St. Louis Dept. of Health Nutrition Coordinator.

The idea to get people moving starts at the top.

"Jump into shape is the city initiative to really address the obesity plan that Mayor Slay put out to basically reduce obesity in the city by 5 percent by 2018," explained Landfried.

The Department of Health for the city of St. Louis launched an online program,, to help get you started. You're invited to the "Let's Move STL Expo" Feb. 8.

"Thirty-six percent of the male in this particular population just in this city is obese, 25 percent for the females so our goal is to look at the corporates and also the locals, be it any entity that want to take part in our city wide effort that want to," explained Kendra Fipps, Achieving Higher Results.

Health groups in town are stepping up to help. St. Louis Fitness and Wellness Group came up with a Fitclub Rewards Program.

"It is a program that gives people access to take better care of themselves so it's going to give people access to chiropractors, to health and wellness services in general at a discounted rate," said Brian Byrd, St. Louis Fitness and Wellness Group.

The card, available starting in February, costs $25. You then get discounts at several gyms and other health related places for a whole year. For more information on businesses involved and how to get a card go to

"What that does is it supports local business, it does create access for clients and it does merge the fitness and wellness professionals together in one big huge group," said Byrd.

The Midwest Health Initiative is launching a website in April that will bring health resources to your fingertips. For more information go to

"What Live Well does though is it connects you to all the things that are good for you so farmers markets and fitness classes," explained Mary Jo Condon, Midwest Health Initiative.

These groups share a common goal.

"Just promote health and wellness around the city," said Byrd.


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