Shape Up RI Opening Ceremony – Saturday February 6

by Reza Corinne Clifton

PROVIDENCE, RI – In a recent e-newsletter from Shape Up RI, Rajiv Kumar, Chairman of the organization, stated: “There are over 8,000 people now enrolled in Shape Up RI 2010,” a nutrition, exercise and weight loss program founded by Kumar, (then a Brown Medical School student) “on the belief that the solution to healthy living lies in the power of teamwork and peer support.”

That is a lot of people, he goes on to say, but a small speck in comparison to “the over 35,000 friends and past participants who receive [his] weekly email.” It also only starts to cover the over 400,000 men and women in RI identified as overweight or obese in 2002 according to a Rhode Island Department of Health study called “The Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Rhode Island.” But there is still time to form and join a team:

The next “challenge” round officially begins on Monday, February 8 and registration can happen right online. Plus this Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 AM participants and guests are invited to launch the new teams with a kickoff event at Rhode Island College, Roberts Hall Auditorium. There will be exercise demonstrations by Golds Gym and Suela Hoop!, drawings for prizes, and a speaking program by NBC Channel 10, Healthcare reporter, Barbara Morse Silva.

To learn more or to register, visit To join their mailing list, click here


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