by Latrivia S. Nelson
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Two years ago, a report entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," ranked Tennessee as the second highest state in the nation for obesity. Memphis weighs heavily into those calculations and is in need of a health reboot.
It all starts with a single step – a step towards the gym, a step towards a brisk walk, a step away from the wrong kinds of foods and a step up from the collective unhealthy mindset. Local entrepreneur Michelle McLaurin is working hard to help Memphis do just that with Girlz Taking Over (GTO), which she created in April 2010.
"Girlz Taking Over has started to promote physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle through our fitness company GTO Fitness On The Go, which is the first of many brands we are creating to accomplish our mission," said McLaurin.
And just what is their mission?
According to McLaurin, GTO's mission is to manage and motivate girls and women to be successful in entertainment and sports careers by empowering and encouraging them to feed their mind, body, and spirit the right nutrients to stimulate growth inside and out. However, even those in other professions can certainly benefit from the program.
GTO Fitness On The Go is a mobile fitness company focusing on women's personal health and fitness. It provides customized exercise routines and the convenience of meeting women in their homes, offices, parks, at GTO's personal studio or anywhere else that is suitable so that life doesn't get in the way of their health or goals. For moms who can't get away to the gym without a babysitter, professionals who can't get away from their offices or senior citizens who don't feel comfortable going to a high-pace gym, GTO is pitched as the way forward..