1450 Alta Vista St, Dubuque, IA 52001, United States
Dianna Kirkwood has a Master of Arts degree from Loras College.
1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001, United States
Dianna Kirkwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarke College (now Clarke University).
(Describes the campaign developed by the residents of Dyer...)
Describes the campaign developed by the residents of Dyersville, Iowa, to improve their health through weight loss, and discusses how to make healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and stress management part of daily life.
Dianna Kirkwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarke College (now Clarke University). She has a Master of Arts degree from Loras College.
From 1988 to 2012 Dianna Kirkwood was a marketing director at the Mercy Medical Center. Dianna Kirkwood, dietician Jane Clemen, and supervisor of rehabilitation outreach Bobbi Schell, all of Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville, Iowa, together with writer Daniel Myerson, published a book about their town’s successful campaign to lose weight.
The Town That Lost a Ton: How One Town Used the Buddy System to Lose 3,998 Pounds - and How You Can Too! tells how 383 residents of Dyersville lost the weight in just ten weeks, from March to June 1998. A large number of people were weighed before and after on a truck scale. The Fight the Fat program was prompted by the fact that more than half of health issues are weight-related.
The program worked because of the use of the buddy system. People paired up to provide support and motivation and stuck to it, in part, because they didn’t want to disappoint their buddies. Participants encouraged each other to practice the weekly tips emphasized during the program, including exercising, cutting back on salt, drinking eight glasses of water a day, and increasing fiber, and to reward themselves at the end of each week. The dieters often walked together before the meetings. They split into groups with names like Bun Busters and Hips Hips Away that competed with each other in the battle of the pounds.
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