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Perry honors locals as fit Texan, fit teen
Trinity Standard -

AUSTIN -- Linda Thornton of Trinity and Amy Beth Pyle of Trinity High School were honored recently by Governor Rick Perry as part of the Texas Round-Up/Fit Texan Program. Each year, beginning on Jan. 1st, Texas Round-Up issues the annual Governor’s Challenge, encouraging Texans to make regular physical activity a part of their weekly schedule. Adults are challenged to be active for 150 minutes per week and children under 18 are challenged to complete a minimum of 300 minutes of physical activity per week, for six weeks. On April 24, Perry and Texas Round-Up issued the Governor’s Awards to cities, state agencies, corporations, schools, social organizations, municipalities and families that have the highest participation per capita in their respective Governor’s Challenge categories. Thornton, who was overweight all her life, decided to make a change in her life when she reached her maximum weight of 370.5 lbs. Miserable with herself and lacking the ability to fit into a standard chair, climb a set of stairs, and fighting a losing battle with diabetes, she decided to make a drastic change. She contacted the Weight Management Center at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. It was there that she received the guidance and assistance she needed. Her story was featured on the show “Big Medicine”. Since that time, Linda has lost over 200 lbs. and says she feels great. She has received a lot of support from her family and friends and believes that “food doesn’t taste as good as SKINNY feels”. Thornton was recognized by Governor Perry as a 2010 Fit Texan for the state of Texas. Pyle, was born a “heavy weight” baby and has always been “fluffy”. Near the end of the school year in 2009, she made the conscious decision to focus on her fitness and improve her athletic skills. Already a straight A student, with perfect attendance, Pyle wanted her athletic ability to shine as bright as her academic ability and that meant getting serious with school sports. With the encouragement of her coaches at Trinity High, she made changes to her eating habits and increased her effort during athletics. The result: a fit and trim Amy Beth Pyle. She entered the Governor’s Challenge as a Trinity High School honor student and athlete, and proudly represented her school when she spoke with Governor Perry at the Capital and was recognized as the 2010 Fit Teen for the state of Texas. A total of five fit Texas and only one Fit Teen were chosen for the entire state of Texas. Their stories, along with additional information on the Governor’s Challenge, can be found on the website: www.texasroundup.org


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