Dr. Oz's Buddy Up for Weight Loss Meetup

One of the best ways to ensure that you reach your fitness goals is to have a fitness buddy to help keep you on-track and focused. On November 30, 2011, Dr. Oz had the first Buddy Up for Weight Loss all across the country, and it was an incredible success. Stay tuned for future meetup events. This is a chance for all of you who want to get in better shape to connect with people in your neighborhood so you can take on the challenge together.

Click here to join Dr. Oz's Buddy Up for Weight Loss!

To take part and start transforming yourself for the better, follow these steps:

1. RSVP for the Meetup in your neighborhood. You can do this by going to Meetup.com/DoctorOz or by clicking on the map below. If one isn't scheduled yet, get one started and invite your friends!

2. Print out your Buddy Up Brochure. Make sure to bring this with you to the Meetup. This will help you make the most of your time with your buddy by guiding you both through the most important steps of your fitness journey.

3. To help everyone find each other on the big day, try to wear "Dr. Oz Blue" and head to the designated meeting location.

4. At your Meetup, use your Buddy Up Brochure to get started with your partner. Share stories, set goals and tackle weight loss together.

Click here for the complete Buddy Plan for Weight Loss.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Good luck and have fun!

Click on the map below to find a Meetup near you!

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