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One TEENS Weight Struggle Transforms into Greatest Accomplishment

Published by , on Jan 24, 2013

Karrah Bauserman can recall being bullied by classmates about her weight for as long as she can remember. As a child, Karrah was unable to participate in sports and activities with her fellow peers because she would quickly run out of breath. At the age of 13 she weighed her heaviest, about 200 pounds, and as her weight increased, so did the teasing. Karrah decided she had to make a change.Determined to change her life but unsure of where to start, she enrolled in Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s TEENS (Teaching, Encouragement, Exercise, Nutrition and Support), a treatment and research program focused on helping overweight teens maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Since August 2011, Karrah has been dedicated to visiting Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Healthy Lifestyles Center and has started to regain the confidence she once came close to losing.In August 2011, she couldn’t run a mile without walking. After only a few months in the program Karrah’s exercise program manager, Katie Bowen, challenged her to participate in the Monument Avenue 10K.  She nervously accepted the challenge.Breaking the Cycle           Learn more about the TEENS program and find out how Karrah faced her 10K challenge at Richmond Magazine

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