Jennifer Hudson To Mentor New Moms Trying To Lose Weight

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/24/2014 | 11:15 AM EST

The Weight Watchers spokesmodel spreads her health and fitness knowledge to those in need

Jennifer Hudson has impressively maintained her slim frame since losing over 80 pounds after giving birth to her son, David, and now she’s passing on her weight loss knowledge to new moms in need. As a spokesmodel for Weight Watchers and author, it’s no surprise that Hudson’s become Hollywood’s poster child for weight loss.

The singer is working on a new venture with Weight Watchers as they award a Healthy Communities Grant to Baltimore residents, which will provide weight loss support to locals with a body mass index over 25 who also receive assistance from the local, state or federal government. Hudson will serve as a mentor to mothers trying to get healthy.

Research shows that American obesity levels and the diseases that come from it are still growing in lower-income communities. This is why Hudson and Weight Watchers are targeting Baltimore, which has an obesity rate higher than the country’s average (36 percent of its total population).

Hudson says she can relate to women in the Baltimore area who do not have much access to healthy foods and habits. "It's pretty parallel to my story and my journey," she said in an interview.

Hudson said that through her weight-loss journey, she's learned "anything can be good for you and anything can be bad for you." With traveling on a consistent basis, she says she sometimes finds herself in a situation without healthy options, but she's learned how to make the best of it by controlling her portion intake.

"It's about making the smartest decision and the right decision," she said. "Outsmart food, don't let it outsmart you."

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