Lose Weight and Feel Fine in 2009

Advisory Board

Edward Abramson, PhD

Dr. Edward Abramson is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor emeritus at California State University and former director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. His books include Body Intelligence and Emotional Eating. Edward has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs including 20/20, Hard Copy and The Joan Rivers Show. He is often quoted in publications, including the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O Magazine, The Washington Post and US Weekly. He will provide insight and expert advice on the reasons for overeating and the best ways to address eating disorders.

Paul S. Auerbach, MD

Dr. Paul Auerbach, professor of surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, is one of the world’s leading authorities on wilderness medicine. Paul edits the textbook Wilderness Medicine, and his other books include Medicine for the Outdoors, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, Diving the Rainbow Reefs, Bad Medicine and Management Lessons from the E.R. Paul serves as national medical consultant on hazardous marine animals to the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and is chief medical officer and chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Healthline Networks, where he also hosts a blog entitled “Medicine for the Outdoors.” For community members who exercise outdoors, injuries and accidents are always a concern. Paul will give us advice on how to safely enjoy “green” exercise.

Maxine Barish-Wreden, MD

Dr. Maxine Barish-Wreden, co-medical director of the Sutter Downtown Integrative Medicine Program, writes a biweekly column on integrative medicine for the Sacramento Bee with her medical partner. Maxine holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She has a long-term interest in complementary medicine, particularly the mind-body-spirit connection, and she strongly believes in the capacity of the human body, psyche and spirit to heal, given the appropriate environment. She will guide the community on the positive effects of lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise, on health and wellness.

Lolis Garcia-Baab, Talk Show Host

Lolis Garcia-Baab is a bilingual multimedia producer, writer, journalist, correspondent and voice-over talent. Lolis hosts the successful Texas-based woman’s talk radio show, The Ladies Room with Lolis, which provides informative, entertaining and inspirational programming with guest interviews on a wide range of topics. A business and community leader, Lolis supports numerous international and local organizations including the Women’s Symphony League, the Ronald McDonald House, the National Charity League, the Miracle Foundation, The Nobelity Project, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni. Lolis recently assisted in producing an educational CD called La Sinfonica de Simón. Her outreach to the Spanish-speaking community on behalf of the AARP Fat to Fit Community Challenge is consistent with her personal philosophy: “Giving back is not only a responsibility, it is a privilege.”

Debra Granich, CEO

Chief Executive Officer of the Red Hat Society, Debra Granich oversees nearly thirty thousand chapters in more than 25 countries. Debra heads worldwide business operations including membership, product, travel, entertainment and events. Previously, Debra held senior management positions with Contempo Casuals and the Walt Disney Co. Debra has launched several major health initiatives during her tenure at the Red Hat Society, including the Step and Stride with Ruby initiative in partnership with AARP, a virtual health fair in partnership with Aetna, and the Go Red initiative with the American Heart Association. Debra’s organizational skills plus her creativity in promoting health and wellness will make a major contribution to the AARP Fat to Fit Community Challenge.

David R. Holbrooke, MD

Dr. David Holbrooke has a 36-year background in medical practice, entrepreneurship, medical and financial management and new business development in health care services. David’s extensive business acumen and his medical training and experience in private practice give him an excellent background to deal with the changes happening in American health care. In addition to giving us advice as our community family doctor, he’ll help us navigate and understand health care and the intersection of medicine and business.

Kandeel “Kay” Judge, MD

Dr. Kay Judge, a board-certified internal medicine specialist, brings her interest in traditional practices to her patients. She received her medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Kay is the coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Secrets of Longevity (November 2009). She currently practices internal and holistic medicine at the Sutter Downtown Integrative Medicine Program in Sacramento, California. Kay spent five years in India, where she discovered a passion for alternative treatment including meditation, yoga and ayurvedic medicine. Kay helps her patients find the balance between mind, body, emotions and spirit so that they can attain their fullest potential. She gives health recommendations based on a combination of conventional (Western) medicine, health and lifestyle modifications and alternative treatment options. Kay will bring this insight and experience to our community.

Daryn Kagan, Journalist

Daryn Kagan created and hosts the award-winning DarynKagan.com, an uplifting Web site whose purpose is to “Show the World What’s Possible.” Previously, Daryn served as a news anchor and correspondent for CNN. In her first book, What’s Possible! 50 True Stories of People Who Dared to Dream They Could Make a Difference, Daryn shares the life experiences of individuals who overcame obstacles to achieve their dreams. Her first television film, Breaking the Curse, aired on PBS stations across the United States in 2007 and received the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary. Daryn’s second television film, Solar Town USA, will air on PBS in early 2009. Daryn’s commitment to sharing uplifting stories that demonstrate the possibility of reinventing ourselves at any age will provide inspiration to us all.

Henry Lodge, MD

Dr. Henry Lodge, a nationally recognized physician who serves on the medical faculty at Columbia University, has written two best-selling books: Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women. He writes frequently on health, science and public policy. Henry believes that everyone can understand the medical and scientific issues affecting their lives. He will guide our discussions about the challenges and opportunities surrounding health and weight loss and how we can, through exercise and changes in our eating habits, make our bodies physiologically younger and stronger.

Barbara McPherson, RN

Barbara McPherson has pretty much done it all. She’s been a nurse, real estate agent, public relations coordinator, technical writer, magazine editor and small-business owner. In 2005, she founded (and now she directs) the Granny Basketball League, a nonprofit organization. Our community will benefit from Barbara’s example of how to live an active life whatever your age, as well as how to organize your own exercise teams, including a Granny Basketball team.


Margaret Moore, Wellness Coach

Margaret “Meg” Moore leads Wellcoaches, a community of 3,000 health and wellness coaches who are skilled at helping people take responsibility and master health, weight and well-being. Prior to founding Wellcoaches Corporation in 2000, Margaret was a leader in the U.S. and international biotech industry. Margaret is the lead author of the Coaching Psychology Manual (February 2009). She cofounded the Harvard Medical School Coaching and Positive Psychology Initiative and its annual Coaching Psychology Conference. Through her collaboration with Edward Phillips, MD, Margaret helped launch, and is a founding advisor of, the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Meg will guide our community in gaining control over weight.

Gabrielle Reece, Athlete

Gabrielle “Gabby” Reece is one of the most well-known beach volleyball players in the world. In 1997, competing with the best of the best (U.S. and Brazilian teams), Gabby’s four-person team took first place at the Beach Volleyball World Championships. Named the WBVL’s “Offensive Player of the Year” and “Blocks Leader,” Gabby led the league in kills four straight years from 1993 to 1996. Women’s Sport & Fitness named Gabby one of the “20 Most Influential Women in Sports” (August 1997). Gabby also cowrote Big Girl in the Middle and has written articles for Women’s Sports & Fitness and Elle magazine. Gabby brings her fitness expertise and inspirational skills to our community, along with her ideas on family fitness.

Heidi Roizen, CEO

Heidi Roizen, the CEO of SkinnySongs, produced the first-ever collection of radio-hit-quality music with lyrics designed to motivate people to reach their weight and fitness goals. Heidi wrote all the lyrics and then recruited music industry veterans David Malloy and George Daly to bring the project to life. Heidi has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, CBS Early Morning, Oprah and Friends Radio and CNBC’s Big Idea. For the last ten years, Heidi has been investing in startup companies, and she has served on more than 20 boards of companies ranging in size from 1 to 2,000 employees. Music, besides being a valuable addition to our exercise activities, touches our feelings. Heidi brings her inspirational music to the community.

Michael Roizen, MD

Michael F. Roizen, MD, has written four New York Times best sellers, including You: The Owner’s Manual, which he coauthored with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Other popular books co-authored with Dr. Oz include You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet. Regularly featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, 20/20, Good Morning America and CBS’s Sunday Morning, Michael also has produced four PBS fundraising television specials. Besides holding patents on several of his inventions and being a prolific lecturer, Michael’s writing has appeared in numerous scientific papers, textbooks and medical books. He chairs The Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Michael’s extensive experience in educating individuals on the care of their bodies in order to achieve optimum health will guide and inspire participants.

David A. Sabgir, MD

Dr. David Andrew Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist, founded the Just Walk! A Walk with a Doc program in Lewis Center, Ohio. David’s seven pillars of good health (exercise, nutrition, family, friends, education, humor and charity) provide the basis for this physician-led, community-based walking program. Just Walk! has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Cooking Light, Walk! Magazine, Travel Host and other print, television and radio media. David received the Columbus Health Care Hero award and serves on multiple advisory boards within central Ohio. He will share his common sense and proactive approach to health care with members of the Fat to Fit Community Challenge.

Julie Silver, MD

Dr. Julie Silver, a Harvard physician and cancer survivor, specializes in rehabilitation medicine with a focus on physical recovery from injury and illness. An award-winning writer, Julie’s books include Understanding Fitness, Super Healing, After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger and What Helped Me Get Through. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, The Early Show, ABC News Now, AARP Radio and national public radio. Julie’s three children were featured on the Today Show for publishing two award-winning children’s books with the American Cancer Society titled Our Mom Is Getting Better and Our Dad Is Getting Better. Committed to helping others achieve optimal health, Julie will bring her expertise and experiences to community questions about illness, recovery and health.

Nedra Kline Weinreich, Social Marketing Consultant

Nedra Kline Weinreich, the president and founder of Weinreich Communications, is widely recognized as an expert in the field of social marketing. Nedra works with nonprofits and government agencies to promote behavior change on health and social issues. She earned her master’s degree in health and social behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. The author of Hands-On Social Marketing: A Step-by-Step Guide and a lecturer at UCLA, Nedra also has served on several federal expert advisory panels and committees. She lends her marketing and advisory expertise to our board and will offer guidance on matters of social behavior.

Marisa C. Weiss, MD

Dr. Marisa Weiss is the founder, president and guiding force behind Breastcancer.org, the world’s most trafficked online resource for medically reviewed breast health and breast cancer information. A breast cancer oncologist with 20 years of active practice in the Philadelphia region, Marisa is regarded as a visionary advocate for her innovative and steadfast approach to informing, empowering and treating patients with breast cancer. Author of the acclaimed books Living beyond Breast Cancer and Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens and In-Betweens, Marisa has received many awards and currently practices at Lankenau Hospital, where she serves as director of breast radiation oncology and the director of breast health outreach. Marisa will guide us on improving our health and fitness to reduce our risk for cancer.


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