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  • 00:30

    Fitsmi for Moms: Send Your Teen to Weight Loss Camp this Summer?

    in Parents

    Fitsmi for Moms host Linda Frankenbach interviews author and former fat camper Abby Ellin about the pros and cons of weight loss camps. What should parents look for in a camp, how much do they cost, what are the top camps, and how to make the most of your child's time there?

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    Fitsmi for Moms: Chat with Susan Basso, Scotty's Mom on Too Fat for Fifteen

    in Parents

    Should parents be blamed when their kids are overweight? Susan Basso has received a lot of criticism about her son and her parenting style on the Style channel reality show "Too Fat for Fifteen." Is it fair?  

  • 00:35

    How to Inspire Kids and Teens to Lose Weight

    in Weight Loss

    eFitFamily with Laura London welcomes Linda Frankenbach, founder and CEO of Life 180 Inc., to talk about helping our children lose weight and get a healthier lifestyle.
    Linda is the founder and CEO of Life 180 Inc., a health media company which, through its web site fitsmi.com, offers support, community and behavior modification tools to teen girls struggling with their weight. The company also offers support to parents so they can effectively help their child, through fitsmiForMoms.com. In November 2012, fitsmi launched affordable online group coaching for teen girls. In early 2013, fitsmi will launch an online group coaching for moms and one-on-one coaching for teens. Fitsmi.com has been featured on the Dr. Oz show, Teen Kids News and is endorsed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association.
    Linda has an impressive track record in the creation of pioneering media brands. She was instrumental in the creation and launch of several major cable networks including HBO, Cinemax, Comedy Central and Court TV.
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  • 00:31

    Fresh Ideas for Healthy LunchBoxes with Kelly Lester

    in Food

    Kelly's past struggle with weight control inspires her to teach and model healthy eating habits for her kids, and fuels her dedication to always send them off to school with a great lunch. 
    But packing lunches for her three small girls was no picnic.  Known as the "queen of efficiency," Kelly gradually grew more and more frustrated with fumbling for mismatched plastic containers, wasteful baggies, and different sized coolers every morning.  It pretty much drove her nuts on a daily basis, and she was compelled to find a better way.   When she hit upon her streamlined solution and found it was a huge time-saver, that's when she figured that other moms and families would appreciate it too. So, in Dec. 2009, she launched EasyLunchboxes.com.
    Armed with no advertising budget and only a non-stop drive to promote her "Eat healthy/Pack it fast" message, Kelly has successfully used social media to promote massive positive word of mouth for her EasyLunchboxes, now the #1 best selling lunchboxes on Amazon.com. In addition to running all aspects of her business, she is now an author. "Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook - Easy Lunchboxes", was published in published in September, 2012.  It's filled with creative, delicious, and healthy ways to pack a kid's (or an adult's) lunch.
    Join Kelly on fitsmi Radio and learn some fresh new tips, tricks, and lunchbox  ideas for your family!

  • 00:41

    How Fitsmi.com is Helping Teen Girls with Nutrition

    in Health

    Doctors of the USA welcomes Linda Frankenbach to talk about their web site fitsmi.com and what they are doing to help teenage girls with their weight issues.
    Linda is the founder and CEO of Life 180 Inc., a health media company which, through its web site fitsmi.com, offers support, community and behavior modification tools to teen girls struggling with their weight. The company also offers support to parents so they can effectively help their child, through fitsmiForMoms.com. In November 2012, fitsmi launched affordable online group coaching for teen girls. In early 2013, fitsmi will launch an online group coaching for moms and one-on-one coaching for teens. Fitsmi.com has been featured on the Dr. Oz show, Teen Kids News and is endorsed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association.
    Linda has an impressive track record in the creation of pioneering media brands. She was instrumental in the creation and launch of several major cable networks including HBO, Cinemax, Comedy Central and Court TV.

  • 00:31

    Fitness Fun and Trying out for the Team with Aeshia!

    in Youth

    If heading back to school is on your horizon, Aeshia De Vore Branch, founder of TeenDiariesOnline.com, wants to tell you a thing or two about fitness and self-esteem.  With three daughters of her own, Aeshia knows that fitness has to be fun -- and doesn't even require that you set foot in a gym!  At the same time, she wants you to love and accept yourself exactly as you are.  
    Join us on fitsmi radio this Thursday, August 23 at 3:30 pm EST when we chat with Aeshia about finding the fun in fitness, trying out for the team, and giving your self-esteem a boost all before setting foot in school next month.  Don't miss this back-to-school special!
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    Aeshia De Vore Branch is living her dream. The talented TV producer, writer, model, and mother of three daughters helps teenage girls develop into adulthood through her lifestyle website TeenDiariesOnline.com. TeenDiariesOnline.com is one of the only entertaining yet positive media outlets for young urban women.

  • 00:31

    Body Blues and Girls: Why So Self-Critical & How to Help

    in Parents

    A high percentage of girls, teens, and women remain unhappy with their bodies, despite the many advances for girls and women in sports, education, and work over the past quarter century. Indeed, according to at least one study, body dissatisfaction has gotten even worse in recent decades.
    Why?
    Dr. Barbara Greenberg, Psychology Today's Teen Doctor and co-author of Teenage as a Second Language, has a lot of ideas as to why girls' body image remains poor and what we can do to improve it. The recent campaign, spearheaded by a teen girl, to push Seventeen magazine to no longer photoshop models, is a great example. How can we keep the momentum going and collectively change the nature and quality of media representations of the female body?
    Join us for a fascinating and rousing discussion with Barbara on the next fitsmi Radio show, Thursday July 19 from 3:30-4pm EST!

  • 00:30

    One Word is All it Takes – Bullying and Rising Above

    in Health

    As a victim of bullying, Jessica Brookshire had a childhood marked by low self esteem and a constant struggle for acceptance from her peers.
    But despite those who were determined to bring her down, KARMA founder Jessica Brookshire blossomed into a woman with a vision, and the strength to get things done. As a former victim, Ms. Brookshire is able to relate to students and parents alike. And now she’s on a mission to end bullying once and for all.
    Today Ms. Brookshire is a nationally recognized expert on bullying. She founded the organization K.A.R.M.A., Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression, in 2009 to help combat bullying in schools across the nation. 
    Join us on Thursday, August 9 when fitsmi host Abby Ellin speaks with Ms. Brookshire about her incredible transformation from victim to activist and about the important work she’s now doing.  Tune in at 3:30 pm EST!

  • 00:31

    Making this summer's hottest trends work for YOU

    in Youth

     
    Melissa Walker and Anne Ichikawa know a thing or two about teen fashion.  And it's no surprise given their history with publications like Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Girls’ Life, COSMOgirl!, Teen People, Yahoo! Shine, Conde Nast's Flip, and ElizabethStreet.com.  Now they are flexing their fashion muscles as the co-founders of I Heart Daily, a daily newsletter about cool stuff for teen girls.
    This Thursday, fitsmi's Abby Ellin is chatting with these two dynamos about all things summer fashion.  We're talking about their fave style bloggers, finding styles that compliment your body and personality, plus this seson's hottest trends (and how to make them look awesome on you!)
    Be sure to tune in at 3:30 pm EST on Thursday, July 12 and kick off your summer in style!
     
    Melissa Walker: This former ELLEgirl and Seventeen editor has written for Teen Vogue, Girls’ Life, COSMOgirl! and many women’s magazines. Walker is now a novelist with six published young adult books to her credit. 
    Anne Ichikawa: This former ELLEgirl and Teen People editor has worked on the launch of digital teen and women's properties, such as Yahoo! Shine, Conde Nast's Flip and the newly launched ElizabethStreet.com, where she also acted as Editor for its iPad app. Her writing has been published inTeen Vogue, Venus Zine, and NYLON. 
     

  • 00:32

    Enjoy Your Favorite Foods -- Wisely

    in Weight Loss

    Too many diets require extreme sacrifices (no carbs! no dessert! no fat!) and complex schemes.  Neither of which are sustainable in the long run.  Enter Heidi McIndoo, a registered dietitian, spokesperson, author, and nutritionist who allows you to have your cake and eat it too, while still managing your weight.
    Heidi loves to undo the wreckage of bad dieting by helping people understand that eating nutritiously doesn't mean sacrificing flavor and pleasure.  And, that giving up favorite foods is not a must.  Heidi has a fresh take on weight loss with several tricks and tips up her sleeve -- arguing in her book When to Eat What that It isn't all just "what" you eat, but "when."  And of course, she dishes up commonsensical advice about portion control too.
    Join Heidi on the next fitsmi Radio Show, Thursday, June 28, from 3:30-4pm EST!
     

  • 00:26

    Three easy steps to boost your self-esteem as a teen

    in Health

    Join us on fitsmi radio this Thursday as we talk to Emily-Anne-Rigal, founder of WeStopHate.org.  In this special episode, we're chatting about the three surprising secrets to boosting your self-esteem.  Secrets like finding your passion, dressing for success, and spreading the love.  Everyone can use a feel-good boost, so be sure to tune in this coming Thursday at 3:30 EST.
    Emily-Anne Rigal (@Schmiddlebopper – “the girl with the pink headband”) is the 18-year-old founder of WeStopHate.org, a nonprofit program created to raise “teen-esteem” through the power of online videos and social media. WeStopHate defines “teen-esteem" as giving teenagers the confidence to stand up for themselves, while also accepting who they are and not being afraid to show it! WeStopHate has received nearly a million video views on YouTube has impacted the lives of over 100,000 teens around the world. For more information on Emily-Anne, visit EmilyAnneRigal.com.