Blue Zones Project in Immokalee, Florida: One man’s story

Blue Zones Project in Immokalee, Florida: One man’s story

Note to readers: The News-Press and Naples Daily News partnered with an FGCU solutions journalism class during the 2020 spring semester. This is one in a series of stories the students produced.

In 2016, Franck Legrand Jr. visited the doctor with a headache. He left with news that he would soon die. He was 37 years old and weighed 305 pounds.

The headaches Legrand had been experiencing all week were a symptom of his high blood pressure. Legrand, who used to chuckle at the sight of a salad, was told he needed to lose weight to avoid seizures, heart attacks and premature death.

 “The feeling is that you’re invincible until you’re not,” Legrand said. “Every time I saw my doctor, he always mentioned the death part. It drives the point home.”

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