Weekly Live Health Radio Show for Teens and Parents Announces New Time and Day

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fitsmi.com and fitsmiForMoms.com's half hour radio program can now be heard live every Thursday at 3:30pm. fitsmi.com radio host, Abby Ellin, author and journalist, and Linda Frankenbach, founder and CEO of fitsmi.com and fitsmiForMoms.com interview a wide variety of nationally known guests to help provide insight and tips on getting teens and families on a healthy track.

Abby Ellin, award-winning author, journalist and host of fitsmi.com Radio

The fitsmi.com Radio program is an extension of fitsmi.com, a web community that understands what it’s like to be a teen girl who needs help getting on a healthy track and feeling good about herself," said Abby Ellin, host of fitsmi.com Radio.

Special guests offering inspiration and information to teen girls struggling with their weight and parents of overweight children will be featured every week on fitsmi.com and fitsmiForMoms.com Blog Talk Radio at a new time and date beginning Thursday, March 8 at 3:30 pm (ET).

Host Abby Ellin, award-winning journalist and author of "Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can (And Can’t) Help" will feature guests and cover topics that are of interest to teen girls who are seeking expert advice on tackling their weight and health. On alternating weeks, host Linda Frankenbach, CEO and founder of fitsmi.com and fitsmiForMoms.com, will lead guests in discussions on specific topics concerning parenting an overweight child and family well being.

“We’ve been honored to have enlightening conversations with a wide range of well-known and respected experts and celebrities, including Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce and former NYC Mayor Edward Koch, as well as self-esteem and bullying prevention expert Rachel Simmons, and many more, to help our audience understand the complicated issue of obesity and how we can tackle it as parents and as a country,” explained Linda Frankenbach. “We are now stepping up our efforts to engage listeners on a regular weekly basis in order to continue offering real help for real people experiencing the challenges of obesity at home.”

“We can’t merely say that there is an ‘obesity epidemic’ in this country without offering concrete help,” added Abby Ellin. “Teen girls are especially vulnerable and the fitsmi.com Radio program is an extension of fitsmi.com, a web community that understands what it’s like to be a teen girl who needs help getting on a healthy track and feeling good about herself. “

On Thursday, March 8, fitsmi.com Radio host Abby Ellin will kick off the new schedule with an interview with Rachel Qualley, a teen featured on Style Network’s “Too Fat For Fifteen.” Rachel, once weighing 250 lbs., regained control over her weight and health after discovering how bullying was behind her emotional eating. Since then, she has inspired many teens, as well as her own family, to get healthier.

Other guests in March will include:

March 15th: Sonya Branch-Johnson, a formerly 300-lb Mom who wanted to make a difference in the lives of obese children. She is now a certified personal trainer and physical therapist assistant for kids and teens at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Center for Weight Management.

March 22nd: Denise Campbell, a courageous teen from the Netherlands, tried many different and sometimes extreme strategies to get fit, but nothing worked until she stopped trying to lose weight, and started focusing on health. Now a dancer and kick-boxing enthusiast, Denise shares how to balance fitness and fun with her packed school schedule.

March 29th: Diane Carbonell, a formerly obese mother of seven children who lost 150 lbs., and now is both a healthy lifestyle coach to other families, and the author of the upcoming book, "150 Pounds Gone Forever."

fitsmi.com is a web community where teen girls (ages 13-18) struggling with their weight can go to feel good about themselves, get reliable information, laugh, build friendships, find support, set goals and stay on track by using the fitsmi Change Machine. The fitsmi Change Machine, and the mobile version, fitsmi2Go, were designed to help girls create personal daily attainable goals that help create positive healthy and sustainable change, as well as to be a social network where girls can support each other.

fitsmiForMoms.com, a web community for parents of children struggling with their weight, is a separate companion site to fitsmi.com.

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