Sharmita Rideau is passionate about her latest mission — helping the ladies of Southwest Louisiana get on track with their weight loss needs, motivating them to loose the 20 or more pounds they have to shed to improve their overall health and well-being. She calls her program KISS (Keep It Simple Sister) and focuses her 12 week program on easy lessons participants can use throughout their lives to slim down and stay healthy. The class will rotate to various locations throughout Southwest Louisiana, targeting minority women and those who are high-risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. The project is under the Calcasieu Parish’s Dare to be Health program, funded through a $760,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation (Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana) and $1.5 million in matching funds from Partnership for a Healthier Southwest Louisiana.
Lake Charles news station KPLC -7 recently highlighted Sharmita’s latest group of ladies, 13 Westlake area residents — who have lost a combined total of 85 pounds in the first four weeks! Click on the image below to catch the full story. And check back to the Challenge Grant News site for further updates on the ladies of KISS: