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Diet Company Picks Wisconsin Town To Go On Diet

July 7, 1992

POUND, Wis. (AP) _ Give ’em three months, they’ll take off the weight.

On Wednesday, the 434 residents of this small northern Wisconsin community are going on a Slim-Fast diet.

To ″shape up America,″ Slim-Fast officials decided to select a town and put the residents on a diet, Ron Stern, president of the company’s Nutrition Division, said Tuesday. ″We picked Pound because of the great name,″ he said.

″I don’t know how they knew we needed to lose weight,″ said Nancy Adamski. She her husband, Village President Richard Adamski, both 52, are among the participants.

Stern said residents who take part will be given products free of charge. The daily diet consists of two flavored shakes at 200 calories each; three snacks each containing 100 calories, and a 500-calorie supper for a total of 1,200 calories, he said.

Weight loss should be no more than 2 pounds per week, Stern said, adding that only people with health problems will be excluded.

″We don’t want to let Pound down,″ said Dolores Hanrahan, 48, whose husband, Mike, and son, Heath, also will take part. ″We all have about 20 pounds to lose.″

Postmaster Daune Sisel, 50, said he’s joining in ″so I can look better and feel better in my clothes. I’ve put on weight I don’t need and can’t get it off.″