Tennessee's obesity epidemic: Fighting the big fight

September 18, 2011
by Nancy DeVille

Trazana Staples was an unlikely candidate to lead North Nashville’s vegetable revolution.

Four years ago, she tipped the scale at more than 300 pounds. She steeled herself against the inevitable diabetes or high blood pressure diagnoses that awaited.

But Staples had her reasons. It’s much easier to get a super-sized, fast-food meal in her food-desert neighborhood than a bunch of broccoli. Exercise didn’t fit into her daily schedule. But her frustration at being constantly out of breath, even after a few steps, was the catalyst for a lifestyle change.


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