Let us help you meet your healthy lifestyle goals in 2017! Make a choice
that is right for you and Choose to Lose with King’s Daughters.
Our program guides you step by step through nutrition, exercise and change.
Join any time! The first meeting of Choose to Lose is Thursday, Jan. 5.
Classes are 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at King’s Daughters Outpatient
Therapy Building, 480 23rd St., Ashland. Registered dietitians, exercise experts, a behavior specialist
and registered nurses lead classes.
Nearly 32 percent of adults in Kentucky are considered obese, which means
they are at a high risk for developing many serious diseases, including
diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. A 2012-2013 Gallup Survey
our region of the country — Ashland-Huntington-Ironton —the
worst in the nation for overall physical health based on measurements
of physical and emotional health, job satisfaction and access to basic
needs. Clearly, there is a lot that needs to be done.
“Our objective is to help participants learn to make healthy food
choices; and increase their physical activity and ultimately live healthy,”
For retired Ashland resident Jennifer Phelps, 56, the program helped her
kick-start a healthy life. In addition to losing 40 pounds and two dress
sizes in five months, she said she has less joint pain and more energy
to play tennis, a sport she has enjoyed since college.
“I have tried every diet — I would lose it and gain it right
back,” said Phelps, who struggled with her weight even as a basketball
player at Boyd County High School. “I was skeptical at first about
seeking help, but then I just decided to go for it and I am glad I did.”
Choose to Lose gave Phelps the tools and group support she needed to be
successful. Throughout the program she learned how to reduce fat and calorie
intake by tracking food; the importance of healthy eating and meal planning;
triggers of emotional eating; and how to manage stress and stay motivated.
“Jennifer has really embraced the program and understands the concept
of healthy living,” said Bayes.
Participants meet weekly as a group to encourage and support each other.
A private weekly weigh-in occurs at the beginning of the session followed
by education session and other topics such as healthy eating, exercising,
stress management and behavior modification. Bayes encourages participants
to continue with weekly weigh-ins after the program concludes.
“Those who participate are most successful when they utilize the
weekly food and activity trackers and attend each weekly session,”
said Bayes. “The group support from the other participants is huge!”
The group’s encouragement helped Phelps the temptations of Halloween
candy, at Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas parties.
“They encouraged us to eat in moderation and exercise to burn the
calories,” Phelps said. “Portion control and activity are
Participants to meet with a health coach to tailor exercise programs to
their homes, local gyms or King’s Daughters community gym, a low-cost
option for Choose to Lose participants. Another benefit is free use of
the Ashland Area YMCA during the 12 weekly sessions.
“Now that I am retired and continue to lose weight, I can enjoy tennis
once again with a group of friends,” said Phelps who, along with
her husband, has played tennis at the Ashland Tennis Center for more than 20 years.
“I love the way a feel now. I try on clothes and they fit,”
Phelps said. “I have a long way to go, but I know it’s a journey.
That’s what the program teaches me — I am changing my lifestyle
for the better and it feels good.”
For more information about Choose to Lose, call Kim Bayes at (606) 408-1560.