Living a healthy lifestyle in the North is tough. Farming is almost non-existent, organic and free-range options are limited and expensive, trying to get something as simple as produce or ground chicken can be impossible, and if you’re looking to go out for a meal and find healthy options, you’ll be hard pressed. To put it in to perspective, in a city of 18,000 people, we have two McDonalds, a KFC, an A&W, a Pizza Hut and a Dominos Pizza but no farmers markets to buy fresh, local, organic produce or meat. And even though it’s no surprise that 63% of Northerners are overweight, it is something that I’ve struggled to deal with since moving up here last June.
This is where a show I tripped upon this past weekend comes in to play. I’m not big on sleezy reality TV shows (unlike my counterpart who LOVES the Bachelor and Bachelorrette) but I do have a soft spot for fitness and weight loss reality shows. I love The Biggest Loser. I use to watch X-Weighted and was even featured on their website. And most recently I’ve caught a few episodes of Fit First, which is a made-in-Canada weight loss series that is inspiring, the messages are positive, and the participants are engaging – ranging in age from 23 to 63, and all Aboriginal women. Also of interest, the fitness trainer is Kent Brown, is a previous Canadian national boxing champion.
Fit First is a ‘real life’ television series that chronicles the trials and triumphs of Aboriginal people on a mission to change their lives. After a successful first season that saw four people lose weight and improve their body, mind and spirit, the six new half-hour episodes that make up the second season are being rebroadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) starting tomorrow.
I’m going to be catching the episodes and hopefully having the opportunity to interview a few of the contestants, and maybe even Kent Brown, about their experience and how they are getting along at maintaining their weight loss and the struggles that they have faced.
If you get APTN, check your local listings and watch along with me. Hell, let’s start up a conversation about it. Did you like the show? Did you like the advice? Is there anything missing? I’d love to know your opinions and any advice you may have for these ladies in their continued healthy living efforts.