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Clinical healthy lifestyle program starts April 6

Teena and KimLet 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, April 6. 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,” said Kim Bayes, RN, BSN.

For Teena Asbury, the program helped her kick-start a healthy life. In addition to losing 12 percent of her body weight and two dress sizes in 12 weeks, she said has more energy and feels like exercising after her 9-to-5 job as a mail courier.

“I wanted to be healthy and I wanted to do it right,” said Asbury. “Because the class time was so convenient to my work schedule, I didn’t have an excuse not to go.”

Choose to Lose gave Asbury 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.

“Teena 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!”

Encouragement from the group helped Asbury try new foods including asparagus, brussel sprouts and mangos.

“I know I can have a sweet treat once and while,” Asbury said. “Portion control and activity are key.”

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.

“I find I enjoy walking at least 3 to 4 miles after work and it also helps relieve stress,” she said.

“I love the way a feel now. I try on clothes and they fit,” Asbury said. “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.