At age 8, Pleasantville’s Denise Hillery-Jones was so overweight, her mother had to buy her clothing from the woman’s store Lane Bryant, she said.

“I was a troubled little girl and got teased a lot,” said the elder care worker.

Her family enjoyed eating, and that’s what they did in their leisure time.

“We made cookies, pies, pizza and milkshakes,” she said. “We had fun doing that.”

But it came at a price, with the whole family obese and unhealthy, facing early death.

About five years ago, Jones was in her 40s and weighed 290 pounds on a 5-foot, 6-inch frame.

“I couldn’t hardly breathe,” she said. She lost a kidney and ovary to health issues, as well as her only pregnancy, she said. Her blood pressure had spiked to 250/150, and she was rushed to the emergency room at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

“I decided right there to change my life,” Jones said.

Over three years, she lost 125 pounds through a change in diet and regular exercise. Now she is the Weight Loss Angel, using skits and music to promote healthy living. She does a radio show Fridays at 8 p.m. with chiropractor Thomas Miller on WEHA 88.7 FM.

“It’s important our community knows we are dying too soon,” Jones said. “Obese children are getting diseases only adults used to get.”

If You Go:

“It’s All About Your Health,” drama and live entertainment, 7 p.m. May 4 at Pleasantville High School; Advance tickets $10 adults, $5 children; $12 at door, benefits gospel station WEHA. Call 1-888-996-2374. Visit theweightlossangel.org.

Hammonton native Kathryn C. Lambert, a family physician and the acting assistant dean for Student Affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, is the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons “2013 Physician of the Year.”

She received the honor at the recent Atlantic Regional Osteopathic Convention in Atlantic City.

Lorraine Fitting, of Mullica Township; sisters Lauren and Heather Berchtold, of Galloway Township; and Mary Jane Kelso, of Brigantine, will sing selections from “The Sound of Music”as a quartet in a Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra Spring Concert of Broadway songs, 2:30 p.m. April 28 at Paul VI High School Auditorium in Haddon Township, Camden County.

Howard H. Berchtold Jr., father of Lauren and Heather, also of Galloway, will sing solo. Call 856-783-5326 or visit www.jdco.org.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219