The Press Newspaper
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Again?
Those who are serious about wanting to lose weight and get healthy in 2010 can get started toward their goals at the Mercy Weight Management Center.
In partnership with Health Management Resources (HMR®), a national provider of medically supervised weight management programs, Mercy offers state-of-the-art weight loss treatment focusing on intensive lifestyle education, personalized attention and follow-up with an emphasis on long-term weight maintenance.
“We offer a variety of weight loss options appropriate for anyone wanting to lose 10 to 200 or more pounds,” said Amy Watkins, program director of the Mercy Weight Management Center.
The program, overseen by a staff of physicians, nurses and health educators, includes in-clinic and at-home diet options that produce an average weight loss of 30 to 60 pounds, Watkins said. Because physical activity and movement are key components of weight loss and weight maintenance, program participants are offered free access to the Mercy Fitness facilities.
Patients attend weekly classes and receive one-on-one coaching, focusing on lifestyle and behavior change for long-term weight management. The program utilizes portion-controlled, calorie-controlled meal replacements as a vehicle to weight loss while participants learn new skills and behaviors. Several diet options are available to meet individual needs.
Program fees vary depending on how much weight participants want to lose, how quickly they would like to lose it, and any medical risk factors. Programs begin at $20 per week plus the cost of nutritional products and medical supervision, if needed.
Reasons for wanting to lose weight are as individual as the participants themselves, Watkins said.
They include, “I don’t feel good about myself.” “I can’t play with my kids.” “I’m pre-diabetic with high blood pressure and cholesterol.”
“Being overweight puts you at a much higher risk for having high blood pressure, cholesterol and type II diabetes, which all come with hefty price tags,” Watkins said. “We can also save participants money by creating a set food budget and eliminating junk food expenditures.”
It was health and lifestyle concerns that prompted Mark Reilly, of Elmore to look into the Mercy program.
Reilly had tried various diets to help control his weight, was marginally successful in the short term, he said. “I think that I always felt deprived and most of all, I felt that I lacked the support I needed to stay on course.
“Last year in the spring, I saw an advertisement in the Suburban Press for the Mercy Weight Management Program that meets at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon,” Reilly said. “ I don’t know why this ad caught my eye, but it did.”
He attended an informational meeting at the Weight Management Center, where he learned about the program and sampled some of the food program participants eat. “The food was good and the staff was approachable.”
He and his wife started the program Good Friday. In the months since then, he has lost about 100 pounds. “
I have changed from a diet to a lifestyle,” he said. “They have helped me look at what I eat and how it affects me.
“They have taught me to enjoy food and not sacrifice the pleasure one gets from the food we eat and the social aspects that surround eating,” he said.
“The people at the center are great,” he said. “They help you stay accountable by positive reinforcement. They take setbacks and put them into perspective.
“They problem solve and most importantly, they are just there,” he said.
Losing weight has allowed him to stop taking medications, Reilly said. “I went from taking two daily prescriptions for blood pressure and cholesterol problems to no medications – my sugar numbers were climbing and I was probably headed toward diabetes.”
Day-to-day activities that used to pose a challenge are also much easier. “It’s simple things – I can climb stairs without being winded, walk at a brisk pace and tie my shoes – I no longer only wear loafers,” he said, adding that he has also incorporated some of the planning disciplines from the class in other aspects of his life.
“I have used the tools taught by my counselors in my everyday business management,” Reilly said.
To learn more about the Mercy Weight Management Center, call 419-407-3990 or visit www.mercyweightloss.com.
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