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After Dropping 162 Pounds, Jodi Davis Inspires Other Michigan Women to Get Moving and Lose Weight Through

Blues walking advocate and Michigan mother of three shares her personal

success story

DETROIT, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Jodi Davis used to be among the growing number of obese adults. Today, the Michigan mother of three is healthy, fit and inspiring. In her new role as a healthy lifestyle and walking advocate for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, she blogs daily on the recently launched to help others get moving and lose extra pounds.

"When doctors told me seven years ago that I was morbidly obese, I didn't believe them, "Davis said. "I denied it. I was active, and I just thought that being big was who I was. I had given up the idea I could be thin. But then something happened that inspired me to change my life - and walking worked to help me get there."

Davis lost 162 pounds in 16 months without the use of any drugs, surgery, expensive equipment or drastic diet plans. She did it the healthy and smart way - by simply eating healthier and following a daily walking program.

"I'm happier, healthier and more energetic than I ever thought possible. If you ask me my secret, I have to tell you that it's walking," said Davis. "I can't imagine not walking each day. I truly feel it helps me keep the extra weight off."

Now that Davis has reached her weight loss goal and kept the extra weight off for over five years, her new goal is to help other women. She shares the details of her success story at, an online community created by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where people can support each other on the road to good health. The Web site features Jodi's daily blog and also includes:

-- Resources to plan, track and maintain a regular walking program, using

information you provide to create a personalized log of your progress

-- Tips and basic guidelines for great results

-- A forum for fellow WalkyTalkers to share ideas and gain support

-- Walking essentials, such as the best footwear or pedometers

-- Walking play lists for your iPod or other portable music player

Jodi joins Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell in motivating Michigan residents to lace up their shoes and start walking for fitness. Harwell remains the Blues' official health advocate and WalkingWorks(SM) spokesperson, while Davis will specifically reach out to women and families through about how walking and healthy habits can change their lives too.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.6 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. The company offers a broad variety of plans including: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred, Community Blue and Healthy Blue Incentives PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living; Flexible Blue plans compatible with health savings accounts; Medicare Advantage; Part D Prescription Drug plans, and MyBlue products in the under-age-65 individual market. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit

SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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