updated 1/20/2011 10:16:50 AM ET 2011-01-20T15:16:50

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich., Jan. 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thirty percent of Michigan adults are obese, and that number is estimated to grow rapidly in coming years. Annually, the medical bill tab for this number of horridly overweight Michigan adults amounts to nearly $3 billion in our state alone.

Lots of people are talking about the obesity epidemic - but few are doing anything about it. Except for Todd Coburn and Mandi Cobb, that is. The personal trainer duo created Get Downsized in 2009, a local Jillian Michaels-Bob Harper-style 16-week program that integrates fitness, nutrition and medical education with staggering results.

On Saturday, February 26th, all metro Detroiters are invited to Dream Bigger, Be Smaller – an afternoon seminar offering practical information on what it takes to lose weight, get healthy and stay fit.Thisprogram will take place at Powerhouse Gym, (6750 Orchard Lake Road West Bloomfield, MI 48322, 248:539:3370) andshowcase Get Downsized success stories and practical tips plus the opportunity to create private weight loss programs.

Since it kicked off in 2009, Get Downsized has helped 24 metro Detroiters lose a collective total of 2,180 pounds and alleviate all chronic health conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Diabetes complications, arthritis and sleep apnea. Participants learn important life skills while trying an array of fitness paths including kickboxing, boxing, swimming, running, kettle bells, yoga, weights, spinning and more.

"Mandi and I have dedicated our careers to helping people get and stay healthy," says Todd Coburn, co-founder and co-owner of Get Downsized. "It is so meaningful to help people realize their dreams of living a healthy, active, long life!"

Mike Renda, one of the first Get Downsized participants, calls Todd and Mandi "personal life changers" rather than personal trainers. The 22-year-old Dearborn-based actor went from 305 to 175 pounds and is completely off medications he was taking for Crohn's Disease.

"One of the biggest problems is you know you want to lose weight, but you need the tools to do it," says Renda. "Get downsized gave me the tools plus support and it completely changed the way I think now – I'm a complete health freak! Mindless eating is gone. And my Crohn's is in remission – that's unheard-of!"

Renda will be one of a half-dozen speakers at the February event.

Get Downsized was created in 2009 as a LOCAL, fun opportunity to lose weight, get healthy and stay fit. Sixteen-week sessions bring together individuals from a seven-county radius for workouts, nutrition instruction and group support. Applications are accepted for participation on a revolving basis at www.GetDownsized.com . Get Downsized has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Fitness, Health and Sports.

For publication purposes, please include the following: www.GetDownsized.com and 248-798-4400.

Event details:                                
Dream Bigger, Be Smaller                              
Saturday, February 26, 2-4 p.m. ($25)                            
at Powerhouse Gym – 6750 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield                      
Register: 248:798:4400 or www.GetDownsized.com                          
Speakers include: Mandi Cobb, Todd Coburn, Mike Renda, Shilo Johnston, Michelle Bommarito, Lisa Weinbaum, R.D. – plus a take-home packet to get you started on your weight loss journey!

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