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Originally published: 2013-02-07 10:09:07
Last modified: 2013-02-07 10:09:07

‘Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less’ begins Today

More than half of American adults are overweight or obese. Additionally, 30 percent of children, ages 6 to 19, are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The financial costs for obesity are estimated at more than $24.1 billion annually in medical care and lost productivity in N.C. Empowering individuals, families and communities with knowledge and skills to change their eating and physical activity patterns is imperative. However, knowledge is only the beginning. People must live in environments that support healthy eating and physical activity. It will take all of us working together in our schools, worksites, faith communities, healthcare facilities and other community organizations to create and support environments that make healthy eating and physical activity possible for all North Carolinians.

Through a partnership with Avery County Cooperative Extension Center and Williams YMCA of Avery County, and in an effort to be proactive in addressing obesity in our local communities, Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less begins in February. 

The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program is a 15-week management program that will begin on Feb. 7 and conclude on May 23. The program focuses and works on lifestyle habits that help you achieve a healthy weight. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a program that will: 

• Explore behaviors that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

• Identify strategies to help you eat smart and move more.

• Show you how living mindfully can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

• Help you create new, lifelong habits!

Eat Smart, More More, Weigh Less provides:

• Private and confidential pre-assessment of starting weight and blood pressure.

• A program based on proven strategies for effective weight loss.

• 15 weekly classes in a friendly, supportive environment.

• A full-color magazine containing helpful tips, exercise ideas and recipes.

• Journal for tracking progress.

• Weekly ‘Punch-Pass’ to participate in the wide variety of services and activities offered through the YMCA.

“Eat Smart, More More, Weigh Less” begins at Williams YMCA at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.