By Renee Larr
Fishers’ hip-hop fitness instructor, Robanne Robin, was recently invited to lead motivational workouts for the Obesity Action Coalition’s national conference Aug. 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas. Robin has been working with OAC for the last three years leading workouts during each annual conference. The pairing can between Robin and OAC happened while she was browsing the web.
“One night I was looking around the internet. I really wanted to get involved in obesity awareness and prevention,” she said. “It’s a huge problem everywhere for kids and adults. I’ve obviously struggled with it in my life having weighed 300 pounds for 10 years. I found The Obesity Action Coalition and wanted to see what they were all about.”
Robin decided to reach out to the coalition and share her story.
“I saw their conference that was coming up in Phoenix in 2013,” she said. “I emailed someone with the group saying I’m a fitness instructor, I’ve lost 150 pounds. I’m a nurse by day, but I also teach fitness to help motivate other people to fall in love with exercise. The timing was impeccable. They emailed me back and said they loved my story and wanted me to come out. Then they asked me to go to Orlando last year and then San Antonio this year,” she said.
Robin’s own fitness and weight loss journey has helped to cement the relationship with OAC.
“I have been overweight as a child, I’ve been anorexic, I’ve been bulimic. I’ve been over 300 pounds. I’ve also had bariatric surgery. Once people hear the bariatric surgery part they kind of tune me out. This is the first organization I’ve been a part of that promotes obesity awareness education and resources to fight obesity. It’s a non-judgmental environment. They’re really amazing,” Robin said.
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