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Mann: Diets don't work, instead think smart strategies for weight loss

How is a successful lifestyle change accomplished, to lose weight, to be more active, to eat healthy and live better longer?

There is a lot of misinformation and confusing information on making a change for a healthier life. Friday a guest speaker will talk about "the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower and why you should never diet again."

Traci Mann is the keynote speaker at the free Crow Wing Energized Health and Wellness Summit Friday in Baxter. The summit is set from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church, 6284 Fairview Road in Baxter. There are still seats available for the fourth annual health and wellness summit, which also provides a free continental breakfast and lunch.

Mann is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. She has a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University and was a professor at UCLA before moving to Minnesota. Mann founded the Health and Eating Lab. Her biography notes her research has been used by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA.

In her book "Secrets from the Eating Lab," Mann looks at a number of questions.

• Is it my fault if my diet didn't work?

• If I don't diet won't I gain a lot of weight?

• Do I have less willpower than everyone else?

• What is a reasonable goal weight?

• Can I be healthy if I don't lose weight?

• What are smart regulation strategies?

"Because diets don't work. And you don't need them to work, because you can be happy and healthy without dieting. Instead, we offer 12 smart regulation strategies that help you reach and maintain your leanest livable weight—the weight at the low end of your set range," Mann states on her website for the book. "These scientifically tested strategies work because they don't fight biology or rely on willpower. They don't require agonizing self-denial or a single-minded focus on your weight, so you can make these simple changes and then get on with the important things in life."

In addition to Mann's presentation, participants at the summit will hear from local success stories from those who took part in Crow Wing Energized lifestyle change classes. There will also be an opportunity to experience two of the nine breakout sessions:

• Promoting health and movement in the workplace,

• How Adverse Childhood Experiences can affect you over your Lifespan,

• Follow the Money: Big tobacco at the local retail level,

• It's a Matter of Balance,

• Community Gardens: 'Healthy choices Inspire,'

• Leaving a Legacy,

• Eat Right when money's tight,

• Gratitude ... How it can change your life,

• Opportunities to be active in our communities.

With additional spaces still available for the health summit, Crow Wing Energized reported those who are already registered should feel free to invite others to attend with them, and those who haven't yet registered, still have the opportunity to do so. Go to for more information on the summit or to register. Participants may find they can attend all or part of the session. On Friday, registration and continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m. with a welcome and history behind Crow Wing Energized at 8 a.m. and the keynote speaker slated to begin at 8:15 a.m. Breakout sessions begin shortly after 10 a.m. A noon lunch will include success stories of lifestyle changes followed by a wrap-up and question and answer period before the summit ends. Go to for more details on the breakout sessions.