It was ‘Move More’ week in the third class of ‘Lose and Win For Life’, Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) nine-week healthy and wellness series. The free classes are held at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lose and Win For Life class series are delivered with such passion and enthusiasm by SOMC RN and class facilitator, Don Richards, that participants are becoming increasingly motivated to institute life changes that are conducive to health and wellness. Participants come, listen and share their own life experiences pertaining to health and wellness, and they also weigh in, something that is done on a personal, individual basis.
“This was ‘Move More’ week, and how important it is to keep your body moving to prevent chronic illness,” Richards said. “We talked about safety, and if you’re going to move more to know the signs and symptoms of strain, and heart disease in women, and how those signs and symptoms differ in women. We want to make sure they know that they don’t keep pushing, should symptoms arise.”
Richards said it is all about seeking out opportunities to move your body.
“We talked about how to find opportunities. So much of it has to do with our thinking, the way that we think about it, so that we can constantly be triggered throughout the day to see opportunities to stretch, to move, park further away and get some more steps in,” Richards said. “It is just the little things that add up. The goal that we are striving for is to move for 30 minutes, five days a week, and when we get to barriers exercise that will be really obvious because the key, number one thing that people relate to being a barrier to exercise is time, and how show that time is not the problem. It is the inspiration of self, the accountability of self that makes us move, it is through that relationship with ourselves.”
Mary Sanford, of Portsmouth, is a participant in the Lose and Win For Life series who finds the classes to be very interesting and thought provoking.
“This is a very interesting class. The things that we know that we really know we should be doing she’s making it more easy to comprehend,” Sanford said. “How it affects our bodies, the caloric intake and outtake. A lot of this is information that we do know, but we will not do it. So Dawn is making us aware of paying attention to what we eat, how much we eat. We are going to be reading labels and that is a huge component of this, because if we read the labels we will know what we are taking in, and what we are putting into our bodies as far as the sugar, the sodium, the carbohydrates and fat, and how much we can have.”
Sanford said she plans to stock up on more vegetables and fruits on her next visit to the grocery store, something that she said is not a problem for her.
“This is definitely making a great difference in my own life. I have been paying more attention to the amounts of sugar,” Sanford said. “That’s the big thing for me, the sugar and the fat. The class is making me more aware, and pay more attention to what I am taking in. The exercise I have not worked on as much, but as we talked about today, the more you move, it makes a tremendous difference.
Richards said she and Katie Williams, of the Portsmouth Public Library, are seeing firsthand just how the class is inspiring participants.
“Katie and I have had reports of a number of things. People talking about, and saying no to the second doughnut, because now they know what they are going to have to do to use up those calories from eating that second doughnut,” Richards said. “We have heard how some have been switching up breakfast to be a little more healthier. Tracking is another thing, they are looking more into tracking to find out their numbers for calories going in. After this we can put together an action plan to make those steps happen that get us on the path to achieving our goals.”
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