Healthy Me! Program participant Bob Vale reflects on his adventure to become healthier

The following is a journal entry written by Healthy Me! Program participant, Bob Vale.  Over the course of the program, Bob has currently lost 21lbs. and has improved his knowledge about his Type II Diabetes and has lowered his Hemoglobin A1c levels. 

 Never Give Up!    8-4-2014
     Over the course of the past year, I have been doing my best to get healthy, exercise more, make healthy food choices when eating and hopefully lose weight in the process.  Fortunately the hard work and discipline in these key areas has been paying off and I have lost some weight.     Part of my overall goal to lose enough weight, is to enjoy jogging more, which was a part of my life in my younger years.  However, my knees are not what they used to be, I still carry too much weight, and I am much slower than when I was younger, so it is a bit of a challenge at 52.

(Pictured are Bob Vale, Colleen Hahn, Healthy Me! Program Coordinator, and Erika Jackson, Healthy Me! Program participant following the Sunburst 5K.  

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Take the Test; Take Control

Take the Test; Take Control

Did you know that Friday, June 27th is National HIV testing day?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging people to “Take the Test; Take Control.” According to the CDC, black women, more than any other women in the United States are getting HIV. Of all the women in the United States, 66% are African American and 87% of these women got HIV from unprotected sex with a man. 

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs when the body is unable to clear the virus as it does with common flu viruses.  Once you get HIV, you have it for life, because it attacks your CD4 cells or T-cells.  These cells are responsible for helping the body fight against disease and infection. Once HIV weakens and destroys your cells, it weakens the immune system. 
Without treatment, a person with HIV can develop Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  AIDS is the final stage of HIV. 

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Healthy Me! Participants are making progress

Healthy Me! Participants are making progress

For the vast majority of people, there is nothing easy about losing weight.  After all, if it was easy, there wouldn’t be “miracle” diet drugs, cellulite cream, bariatric surgeries and companies such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.
Instead, losing weight the safe and healthy way, includes exercising and watching the amount of calories consumed each day.

For the six people who began the Healthy Me! Program last April, it’s been a whirlwind of changes, mostly for the better. 

Because there isn’t such a thing as a “one size fits all” type of diet, they’ve worked individually with physicians from Family Medicine of South Bend, Registered Dietitian Erin Hurst from Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and Jonell Witkowski and Dave Woods at Memorial Health and Lifestyle Center.
They’ve discussed portion size, appropriate times to fuel the body and when to taper off eating, the best cardio exercises and exercises for toning various muscles.

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