In 2009, Linda initiated Shape Up Vicksburg, a campaign to help residents of Vicksburg, Mississippi, lose weight after Mississippi was deemed the “fattest state in the nation” for the sixth consecutive year. Shape Up Vicksburg resulted in the collective weight loss of more than 15,000 pounds among participants. For her persistent efforts and the impact on her community, Linda was chosen as a Top Ten CNN Hero of the Year for 2010. She was also selected, among distinguished leaders such as First Lady Michelle Obama, as one of The Grio’s 100 History Makers in the Making and was named 2011 Woman of the Year for the City of Vicksburg. In 2017 she received a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service.
When communities come together and nourish social interaction and inclusion, and everyone is thinking about the health of their community and trying to figure out what role they can play, the result can be electrifying.
(Read Linda’s List for Shaping Up America)