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Weight Loss Success With Local Smart Moves Class

Weight Loss Success With Local Smart Moves Class

Looking to lose a little weight, live healthier, prevent diabetes?  Brodstone Memorial Hospital has a solution.  An informational meeting is being held Wednesday, September 20 at 5:15 in the west conference room of Brodstone Memorial Hospital.  The classes actually start in January, 2018.  Smart Moves is an evidence based program that teaches you ways to eat healthier, exercise and make a lifestyle change to prevent diabetes.  One in three people have pre-diabetes and don’t know it. A weight loss of 5 to 7% greatly reduces the risk of diabetes.

Brodstone held its first class in 2016, with 25 hospital employees participating.  Sixty percent lost their goal of 5 to 7% weight reduction, with 2/3 of those meeting a 10% weight loss or more.  Two classes are being held in 2017 with a total of 34 participants.  Midway through their class, 82% had met their 5 to 7% weight loss goal, with the balance of the class nearing their goal.  This class teaches a lifestyle change so that participants can continue to lose weight at the end of the class if they choose or to maintain their weight loss.   

Why does Smart Moves work?  Two local people were trained as Smart Moves coaches.  The class meets weekly for the first 16 weeks, and then continues for the balance of the year by meeting monthly.  Private weigh-ins are conducted, however personal weight loss is not discussed.  Topics of discussion in classes include sleep, humor, stress, tips, and recipe sharing. Proper foot wear when exercising, what to do when you have a slip up and how to get back on track are also discussed. Participants are encouraged to increase physical activity, eat smaller portions, and make just a few changes to decrease the number of fat grams in your diet. Having the support of others is also very beneficial.  A private Facebook group was organized for each group, where they share information about low fat options they have found.  This is a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) program and is proven to be effective.

“This class has definitely opened my eyes”, said Lorri Meyer, participant in this year’s class.  “It certainly makes you focus on your health.  My biggest thought is that I realized what a fine line there is between being healthy and unhealthy, and also, that our health is precious.”  Lorri cautioned, “It is definitely not an instant change.  The participant has to buy into the fact they are ready to get healthy.  The lifestyle coach gives us the tools, but the individual must decide how to use them.” And Lorri also added, “You have to be ready for some change in order to succeed.  We have to take care of ourselves; no one can do it for us.”

Others have also been very supportive of the class, by reporting, “I realized how much exercise made me feel better”, “I was amazed how just portion control makes a difference”, and “I like getting creative with vegetable and learning about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables.” 

One of the keys of the class is to track what you eat.  This can be done on paper or smart phone aps.   Participants report “Tracking makes me more aware and holds me accountable”.  Another member of the group reports “I was amazed that there was such a wide variety of other things that effect weight and obesity, for example sleep and stress, they are all hugely linked.”

There is a cost for this class.  Other organizations have been charging as much as $455 for this program.  Brodstone Memorial Hospital has chosen to contribute to this process and has held the cost for each participant to $150 for the year.  Representatives from South Heartland District Health Department will be on hand to help some participants with financial assistance for those who qualify.

How do you know this class is for you?  Are you an adult who is overweight?  Participants must be at least 18 years old.  Do you have a family history of diabetes?  Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you have prediabetes, borderline diabetes, high blood sugar or had gestational diabetes while pregnant?  If any of these are true, you may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, but there is something you can do about it. 

If you have any questions concerning this program, you may call the hospital and speak with coaches Sue or Micki.  Most all of your questions will be answered at the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 20, at 5:15 pm in the west conference room at the hospital. If you are unable to attend this meeting, there will be another informational meeting in November, with the date to be determined. What else do I need to know about this program?  It works.  You can make a change for life.  You don’t have to do this alone.  It is close by.