Brianna Swisher produced the story of a Courtney Tyner, a Berkeley County woman who struggled with her own weight and health, then "as I studied the research, I became passionate about it." Now she's studying to be a dietitian. "I realized this was something I could do to make a difference in life." Photo by Brianna Swisher.
Texan Mallory Bracken talked with a West Virginia mother who realized she can't expect her son to get fit and lose weight if she doesn't do it herself. "I realized I needed to do this too," Tammy Carrico said. "I need to do it for him and for me and to set a good example." Her son said, "I started teaching my family a little about nutrition, and they started getting interested, and that made it a lot easier with their support." Photo by Mallory Bracken.
Shay Maunz, of Clarksburg, profiled a morbidly obese Harrison County woman whose doctor told her she could not safely have a baby unless she lost a lot of weight and brought down her insulin dependence. Six months later, more than 100 pounds lighter, Nancy Robinson's not yet pregnant, "but having a lot more fun trying." Photo by Shay Maunz.
WVU journalism graduate student Evan Moore, of Morgantown, guides viewers through the Public Employees Insurance Agency's weight management program through the eyes of member Martha Failinger. "Just having that extra push from somebody who is looking out for you has been really great, with our lives as busy as they are," Failinger said. Said research coordinator Christiaan Abildso, "We've found that people who finish the program save, on average, about $110 a month in medical expenses." Photo by Evan Moore.