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You may not tell others, but you know you gained a few pounds during the holidays. You’ve resolved to eat better, exercise more, lose those holiday pounds and maybe even a couple more. But first, you have to figure out how.
If you want a little help and motivation, the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program offered by the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County may be just what you need.
This class starts at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.
This class will be taught by Sarah Barnwell, Family and Consumer Sciences agent from the N.C. Cooperative Extension, and will continue every Thursday for 15 weeks.
Are you motivated to make some long-term lifestyle changes? Knowing that you need to make chances in your life and feeling up to the challenge are two different things.
Successful weight loss depends upon your willingness to take some action. I don’t need to tell you weight loss and developing good habits are not easy and not quick. The information discussed in the 15 classes will provide you with the foundation needed for developing a healthy lifestyle. The rest is up to you.
Developed by the N.C. Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health, the goal of Eat Smart, Move More, and Weigh Less is to help people learn strategies that have been proven by others to work for weight loss. The short-term goal is to help folks lose or maintain their weight and the long-term or lifetime goal is to maintain a healthy weight.
As the name says, this program uses a three-part approach to weigh-management: choosing a healthy diet, moving more and making lifelong behavior changes.
This is not a “diet” program. We won’t tell you what to eat or what not to eat. We’ll figure out how many calories each person needs daily and offer some tips for how to eat that amount.
Participants in these classes will learn to pay attention to what they are eating and listen to their bodies. They will also learn to be mindful of how much activity they get each day.
Mindful is a key word in the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program, and you can apply it to several parts of your life. “Living mindfully” simply means paying attention to the events, activities and thoughts that make up our lives.
Increasing your level of physical activity is essential to this and good weight loss program. If you’re not used to being active, this is can begin with “one step at a time.” Each week’s session will offer tips on moving more and moving stronger.
Other lesson topics will include how to right-size your portions, food selection and preparation techniques, understanding package labels, re-thinking about the beverages you’re drinking and then how to tie this all together as part of your daily life.
To help develop healthy habits, participants will be encouraged to record their progress and will be given a full-color magazine with tips and recipes to help them along the way. It always helps if you have a friend that can help and support you, bring a friend along. Weekly weigh-ins with a program “buddy” helps keep people on track.
The cost for the class is $40 for all 15 weeks. That’s less than $3 a session. There will also be weekly prizes for attendance and participation. If learning to eat smart and move more isn’t motivation enough, you’ll get $20 of your registration fee back if you attend 13 of the 15 weeks.
To find out more, contact Sarah Barnwell, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, at the Brunswick County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension at 253-2610. Pre-registration is requested and the size of the room is limited.
You can start the New Year off right by Eating Smart, Moving More and Weighing Less.
Cheryle Jones Syracuse is a Family and Consumer Science staff member and can be reached at NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center, at 253-2610.