Oprah Show Brings Challenge to Meridian

The Oprah Winfrey Show will be in Meridian later this week, kicking off a nationwide weight-loss campaign.

Oprah's personal trainer, Bob Greene, plans to be here Friday to film a segment kicking off his and Oprah's Best Life Challenge, from approximately noon to 2 p.m. at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian.

People in this area and across the nation are being challenged to lose weight this year and keep it off.

Meridian was chosen as the city for the kickoff of Bob’s Best Life Tour because of our community’s push toward weight loss and fitness through the Just Lose It, Meridian campaign.

Bob will be encouraging residents to sign up for his program, and will interview some of the attendees who commit to the program.

The Meridian segment is scheduled to be aired on Oprah on Monday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. on WTOK-TV.

Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Mark Naylor, who spearheaded the Just Lose It, Meridian campaign, encouraged those who have not yet submitted their weight loss figures for the local campaign to do so by this Thursday.

“If you were like many people and fell short of your goal or quit, we would love for you to come out Friday and help us make a good showing for the Oprah Winfrey Show and also sign up for the Best Life Challenge 2008," said Naylor. "Be a part of history and help turn Mississippi into one of the fittest states instead of the fattest.”

The city said parking is available in the Arts District Parking Garage. The entrance is on 24th Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets.

Click on the "Oprah Winfrey Show Coming to Meridian" link below for information on how you can be involved in the Best Life Challenge.

Have you made a resolution to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle during 2008?

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  • by Gloria Location: Union on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    I want to loose 75 to 100 lbs within this year. I am overweight and I would like to get as much weight off as posssible because I am take blood preasure & Thriod medicine and I would like to be able to eliminate both if possible. I was unable to come to Meridian and be part of your challeng, because I was in the process of leaving on a business trip and I was unable to attend. I wanted to see what you had to offer for me to be able to loose this weight because I am tired of carring this weigh around & I would like to be able to feel good about myself again. I want to be able to go and pick out some new clothes without having to go to the large womens section. I would love to be able to buy size 8 to 10 again before I get to old to appreciate or care what I look like.
  • by Pamela Location: HIckory on Jan 10, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    I need to lose 25 to 30 pounds for health Issues.
  • by Latricia Location: Quitman on Jan 10, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    Thanks so much for your concern,it means alot that someone really cares!!!! I hate being overweight.I know I could use help..
  • by Dora Location: Quitman on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    I would like to lose 25 pounds, but most of all I would like to learn how to eat healthier.
  • by Patsy Location: Quitman on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    I am interested in the program and I hope that I can get some to lose weight.
  • by Irvin Location: Hickory, Miss on Jan 10, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    I need to lose aboout 2o pounds.
  • by CHARLENE Location: MERIDIAN , MISS. on Jan 9, 2008 at 09:43 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    It's a great opportunity to talk to a weight loss expert to learn new strategies to weight loss. I am so excited about Bob Green visit. I need help to be sucessful in this endeavor. I hate the way I look. I need to sign up for your program. Help me!
  • by Cotina Location: Quitman on Jan 9, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    I am planning to be there on Friday to be part of this special event. I really do need to get information concerning weight lose. I look forward in seeing you there.I need to get my weight lower for me to feel better. When you are over weight you don't have energy to get up and do things. I would like to get this back. Thanks for having this coming to our area.
  • by Paula Location: Waynesboro on Jan 9, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    I am not committed and I need some help getting committed, I am 70 pounds over weight and I need help this year, I am tired of living in my sister's shadow. I hate looking in the mirror because i can look better than I do
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