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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) has partnered with United Healthcare for a 10-week weight loss program, Lose and Win for Life. The program is being offered to help people in the community make lasting healthy changes in their lives.

“The lose and win program began with SOMC employees in September and we had about 180 employees sign up at the beginning, we had between 50-80 complete the program,” said Wendi Waugh, Director of SOMC Cancer Services/Community Health and Wellness.

According to Julie Thornsberry, Manager of Employee Health and Wellness at SOMC, the group collectively lost 696 pounds over a 13-week session.

According to released information, “this free 10-week weight loss program is for Healthy Partners, employees, spouses and significant others called Lose and Win for Life…is designed to help participants make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes.”

“The first week of the program will be the kick-off week, the next eight weeks are content driven. The 10th week is a facilitator training, in which the people that attend that are interested in becoming facilitators would be trained to take it to their church group or employee group or whatever their stakeholder group is and bring the program to them,” Waugh said.

Waugh said the program is currently being offered to leaders throughout the community.

“During the first week we will explain the program to participants and we will get their body mass index, body fat, weight, among other measurements. This is so we can get a baseline for participants,” Waugh said. “Each week participants will come in and get weighted and during Week 4 of content we will do another assessment. So, it’s really a weight loss program that introduces tips and tools to adopt a healthy lifestyle for life. It’s not just about losing weight over this 10-week period, it’s about learning about portion control, healthy eating, how to read labels, physical activity everyday, how to manage stress and so much more.”

Waugh said this is a national program being offered locally.

“This is a national program provided to us through United Healthcare. They have given us this program for free and are supporting it with educational documents and materials being used. We as SOMC are providing the facilitators, time and investment,” Waugh said.

When it comes to hopeful outcomes, Waugh said, “we hope there will be a cascading effect of more and more facilitators and people enrolling in this program. We anticipate this to be an ongoing program. At the end of the 10th week of the program we will send participants away with a crate of information, scales and all of the material someone would need to conduct a course with a stakeholder group. If you think about it, who’s better to reach your group than someone from the inside?”

Registration is encouraged before Jan. 7. For more information call 356-8021.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com..

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