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A Standardized Version of Health?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all standard of health. Being healthy doesn’t mean being a size 2. Or in some cases, even a size 8. (Hello ever heard of the “skinny fat” syndrome?!) It means dropping excess weight, increasing cardiovascular strength, incorporating daily exercise and eating healthy to help prevent disease and live a longer, happier life.

Oxygen’s new show Dance Your Ass Off is trying to do just that for it’s 12 overweight contestants whose lives are at risk physically, mentally and emotionally by their weight. I was able to interview host Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray, Dancing With The Stars) before the show started – check out my byline in issue 26 of Star – and was able to meet her at last night’s premier preview event at the Oxygen Network studios. No she’s not skinny but she has a healthy outlook on health and fitness and oozes with a self-confidence that makes her sexy!

Here is my clip about the show that ran in the magazine (available online here):

Take the glitz and glamour of Dancing with the Stars, add the emotional roller coaster of The Biggest Loser, and you get the new reality weight-loss competition Dance Your Ass Off.

Twelve full-figured fleet-of-foot contestants will try to shed pounds by busting a move, hoping to win a healthy new body and the $100,000 prize!

Each week, the contestants learn a new dance style, such as hip-hop, ballroom and even pole dancing, with a pro partner. Then they perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges led by dancer Lisa Ann Walter. After receiving their scores, the contestants weigh in, and the one with the lowest combined dance and weight-loss total is sent packing!

Host Marissa Jaret Winokur, Tony Award winner for Hairspray and Dancing with the Stars alum, thinks shaking your butt is a great way to a healthier you. “You’re doing a cardio workout while having fun,” she tells Star. “You sweat like crazy, but because you’re so focused on learning the steps, you forget how much pain you’re in!”

There are daily practices and gym sessions with trainers and nutritionists on site to help the dieters change their lives. And for Marissa, getting a chance to strut her stuff again was reason enough to sign on. “I hadn’t danced since DWTS, and I was so inspired that I started dancing again,” she tells Star. So would she have stood a chance in this competition? “I tried to pole dance, and I only lasted 20 minutes,” she laughs. “I wouldn’t make it very far on this show!”

These contestants aren’t striving to be 120lbs., rather they are trying to lose weight and learn to incorporate a healthy diet and exercise in a fun way. Lesson to take away – be inspired by those around you, but work towards your own personal goal of health.


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i love this post bari. and i love the blog in general. and i miss you! glad to see you’re doing so well!!!

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