16-week program promotes healthy lifestyle changes

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By John Shindlebower

It’s not too late for a new beginning. A local program will use teamwork and instruction to assist Spencer Countians who have resolved to live healthier.
My Health Matters - A Microclinic sponsored by the the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging, will be held over the course of 16 weeks beginning later this month at the Extension office.
Mona Huff, the instructor, comes from a place of experience, as diabetes and other health issues motivated her to lose over 100 pounds several years ago, and put her on a path to helping others. She ran a similar program in Shelby County last year that attracted Spencer Countians, so she’s hoping there’s enough local interest to offer a course here.
It will be a team concept, that could be made up of family members, co-workers, friends, but at least one person must have a BMI of 25. Teams will then be awarded points for participation and achieving goals. However, the real winners will be those who make healthy lifestyle changes.
“It’s more than just losing weight. We want to learn how to become healthy,” said Huff.
She said this isn’t a diet program, but a change in lifestyle.
“We’re looking at it as behavioral changes, not in terms of what I can eat and what I can’t eat, but what is nutritional,” she said.
The program will begin with a weigh-in and participates will be encouraged to have other vital health numbers monitored so they can track progress.
The meetings will focus on education, encouragement and accountability. Huff said the key will be to set realistic goals and concentrate on making long-lasting habits.
She hopes to attract between 20 and 40 people to the classes. Contact Huff at 845-6849, Allison at 477-2217 or Judy at 422-0727 to register.