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Getting to know Dr. Ali Zentner, of Village on a Diet
She's a shoe-loving, joke-cracking, bicycle-riding, marathon-running, Olympic torch-bearing dynamo who also happens to be a doctor. But it wasn't always that way for Dr. Ali Zentner. Ten years ago, the vivacious Vancouverite weighed 327 pounds. "I was really out of shape and prediabetic," says Zentner, a specialist in internal medicine and obesity. "I had to get off the dieting wheel."
By sheer serendipity, Zentner won an elliptical trainer and started using it five minutes a day. "Before I knew it, I was doing 30 minutes and then 40 minutes," she says. "Now I do half-marathons and triathlons."
Now fit and more than 160 pounds lighter, Zentner carried the Olympic torch in Kamloops last winter.
She's currently the stethoscope-wielding doctor on the CBC-TV series "Village on a Diet," part of the Live Right Now cross-country fitness campaign. And she'll celebrate her 40th birthday in high style – by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. "At 40, I'm in way better shape than I ever was at 20," she says. "I think that's huge."
Read more about Village on a Diet and Live Right Now – CBC's initiative that's focused on inspiring you to engage with your family and community to enjoy an active lifestyle and a healthy diet.
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