The Herald Bulletin

July 23, 2013

Getting a handle on weight

Community Hospital offers weight management class

By Nancy R. Elliott The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON – A healthy lifestyle can be a battle in a culture where there are so many easily available less-than-healthy nutritional options.

Community Hospital Anderson is ready to get alongside and teach how to make lifestyle changes to get weight under control, feel better and live healthier.

Their eight-week weight management class starts Aug. 6, just in time to get a handle on things before the weather starts to cool down.

The hospital offers the class about four times a year, and past classes show that members generally realize a significant weight loss during their participation. Registered dietitian Danielle Olney said the average weight loss during the class is about 7 pounds. Her last class, in June, managed an average loss of 10 pounds.

“It’s encouraging to see people have success,” said Olney. She noted it’s not just the weight loss, it’s the improvements in self-esteem and mobility that are gratifying.

Each class is just 30 minutes long, held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. It’s designed to fit into busy schedules.

“It’s made so that people who are still working can get into it,” said Olney. She noted that the classes usually have a cross section of participants, from parents with young kids to retirees.

“The majority is for weight management; some just want a healthier lifestyle,” said Olney.

Participants weigh in at each class. Class members get an individualized meal plan and guide. Olney makes a sample week’s worth of menus available as well.

“We talk a lot about how to get 500 calories less a day,” said Olney. For some people, that may mean becoming more active. Others may seek to cut something out of their diet, like switching up soda for water. “They end up making goals every week.”

In addition, each week Olney presents a different topic like using the My Plate guide, and learning about the food groups. Other topics explore physical activity or label reading. The class includes a virtual trip to the grocery story, and tips for dining out.

Participants track their food choices during the week, and Olney reviews the food records during one-on-one consultations.

“People who have the best results turn in their food record each week,” said Olney. “It’s all about writing it down... It’s that accountability, weighing in and food records.”

Cost of the eight-week class is $75. When pre-registering for the class, an assessment form is completed so that the individualized meal plan can be developed. Once a participant has paid, they are welcome to come back for a refresher.

The class runs from Aug. 6 through Sept. 24, and meets in the Diabetes Care Center Classroom located in the basement of Community’s 1601 N. Madison Ave. building behind the hospital. Classes are capped at 20 participants, and Olney said they usually fill up.

Olney’s class is for adult participants, although the hospital periodically offers a class aimed at kids. Contact Olney to register by calling 765-298-3653.

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If you go: What: Weight management class When: Noon to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, August 6 through September 24 Where: Community Hospital Anderson's Diabetes Care Center Classroom, in the basement of 1601 N. Madison Cost: $75 More info or to register: Call Danielle Onley at 765-298-3653