Lifestyle Balance - You can do it!

Get fit, lose weight, and improve your health with certified lifestyle coaches through group sessions beginning August 25th in Snow Hill.  The Lifestyle Balance Program is a year-long, healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss program that has been proven effective in reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, assisting in weight loss and maintenance of a healthy body weight, and decreasing the risk for heart disease and stroke.  

 If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or have a family history of gestational diabetes the Lifestyle Balance program can help you significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.   By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, you can lose 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and this can cut your risk for developing type 2 diabetes in half. 
The Health Department has been providing the Lifestyle Balance program since July 2009.  Since that time, program participants have lost a combined total of over 3,000 pounds, and have noticed an improvement in blood pressure, body fat and cholesterol levels as a result of program participation.  When asked about the effectiveness of the program, recent participants have stated, “I am so thankful for this program. I truly believe it helped to save my life”; and “This program has improved my health significantly, I feel.”  
The Lifestyle Balance Program, a year-long program, taught by CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program trained instructors including a certified exercise specialist, registered dietitian, and a health educator will be offered at the Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Road, Snow Hill, starting on Monday, August 25, 2014.  The program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm for 16 weeks.  The program will continue to meet once/month for six months following conclusion of the initial 16 week core education program.  Each session will include an education component and participation in physical activity.  
         All participants receive their own personal lifestyle change coach who will assist them with goal setting, progress, and overcoming barriers.  Program participants also receive incentives such as step counters, resistance bands, cook books, and more.  To learn more about the program, determine if you qualify for participation, or to enroll, please call 410-632-0056.

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