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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT | Naperville Native & 'Biggest Loser' Coach Set to Visit the Wester

Diet Expert, Fitness Guru and The Biggest Loser Coach, Jen Widerstrom, Coming to Anderson’s Bookshop Event on February 17

A Naperville North High School graduate has become widely known as a fitness expert, trainer, diet consultant and TV personality on both “American Gladiators” and “The Biggest Loser.” Jen Widerstrom has recently written a book based on her vast health and fitness knowledge: Diet Right for Your Personality Type. Widerstrom returns to town to celebrate and share her new book on Friday evening, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. Her event will be held at the Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.

Event tickets include a copy of the new book. Widerstrom will discuss her book in conversation with Steve Mazzarella, former NNHS health teacher. Tickets are required and available exclusively at

About the Book

Health and fitness expert Jennifer Widerstrom has learned one important thing through her work with contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and her clients who have collectively lost thousands of pounds: when it comes to dieting, one size does not fit all. In order to successfully lose weight, your diet plan should be based on your needs and patterns as an individual. Now, in her first book, Widerstrom has developed a revolutionary plan for maximizing weight loss and keeping it off once and for all by eating right for your specific personality type.

Our personalities make us who we are, and understanding yours, along with your unique needs and style, is what will help you effectively lose weight for the long term rather than the short term. In this book, Widerstrom reveals the five most common personality types. Starting with a simple quiz, readers will be able to figure out which type they fall into: the Everyday Hero (who always puts themselves last), the Rebel (who is impulsive and noncommittal), the Organized Doer (the type-A personality who craves routine and rules), the Swinger (the adventurous type who follows the trendiest fads), or the Never Ever (who believes if the pants don’t fit, buy bigger pants). Once they’ve identified their type, readers will be guided through a four-week diet and fitness plan that caters to their own individual strengths and weaknesses. With motivational advice, meal plans, recipes, exercise plans, and more, readers will finally learn how to effectively lose weight and maintain a lasting healthy lifestyle.

About the Author

At the forefront of the health and fitness community, Jen Widerstrom is committed to helping people understand, learn, and implement a holistic approach to health and wellness. Formerly a star of “American Gladiators”, she is now a trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”. After completing her degree at the University of Kansas in Sports Administration, she went on to become certified by the leading certification program in the country, the National Academy of Sports Medicine with an emphasis in nutrition, balance training, cardio performance, reactive and resistance training as well as in neuromuscular stretching. Widerstrom is also committed to helping others through philanthropic endeavors, volunteering at orphanages and schools throughout Rwanda, Kenya, and Malawi and hosting events on Goodwill Military tours for troops in Kuwait and Iraq.

About Anderson’s Bookshops

Sponsoring this upcoming program is Anderson's Bookshops, specializing in book sales, author events, booksignings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville, the store has grown with the community. Additional locations include downtown Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630) 963-2665 and La Grange, 26 S. La Grange Road, (708) 582-6353. A toy shop, Anderson's Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., opened in September 2016. Key to Anderson's success has been special author events, like the February 17 program with Jen Widerstrom. To keep updated about other Anderson's events, please visit

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