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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.  Classes start in January, 2020.  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, plus many other health conditions.

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 were held in 2017 with a total of 34 participants.  Nearly 50% met or exceeded their goal of the 5 to 7% weight loss with most of the remaining participants showing significant success as they were close to their goal.  The class of 2018 also had two sessions with a total 33 participants with similar results.  This 4th year we have 23 participants, and are anticipating a new class starting in January, 2020.  This class teaches a lifestyle change so that participants may maintain or continue to lose weight.   

Why does Smart Moves work?  Three local people were trained as Smart Moves coaches.  The class meets weekly at first, and then continues for a total of 26 sessions.  Private weigh-ins are conducted, however personal weight loss is not discussed.  Topics of discussion include sleep, humor, stress, 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, plus many other subjects that affect our busy lives.  Participants are encouraged to increase physical activity, eat smaller portions, and make just a few changes to decrease the number of fat grams in their diet. Having the support of others is also very beneficial.  A private Facebook group was organized, where tips and recipes continue to be shared. The key is the group support you get from others, knowing you are not alone in this journey.  It is a fun and supportive way to lose weight, as it has been proven by studies that slow, gradual and healthy weight loss is the most likely to be successful.  This is not a diet, this is lifestyle change!

Brodstone’s Smart Moves program has received CDC recognition. There is a cost for this class.  Other organizations have charged as much as $455 for this program.  Brodstone Memorial Hospital has chosen to support this process and has held the cost for each participant to $150 a year.  This is for an entire year of support, and ongoing support if needed. 

“This class has definitely opened my eyes”, a participant states.  “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.”  she 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.  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 food 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.”

If you have any questions concerning this program, you may call the hospital, 402-879-4432, ext. 5291 and speak with Sue Guilkey, R.N.  Call now to reserve your seat in the class.  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.  Remember, “Food can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison”.  Learn how to make lifestyle change workable and successful!!!