We’re proud to offer an exciting new virtual workshop that is geared to older adults who want to get healthier through weight management, mindfulness and exercise.
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a free 15-week program led by a registered dietitian nutritionist. It is designed to put participants on a healthier path by helping them think differently about eating and exercise.
“This program isn’t about losing weight necessarily; it’s about educating and motivating people to live a healthier life, live more mindfully and make better choices,” says Jeannine Roach, MSA, manager of Health Promotion at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.
Participants will have access to one-on-one coaching with the nutritionist throughout the 15 weeks and will be able to measure their progress on the Eat Smart online platform.
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less has a good track record. According to its website, 70% of participants have maintained or lost even more weight six months after classes ended and 16% saw their blood pressure fall within normal range.
“The program can help participants learn ways to live a healthier lifestyle and make changes to improve their overall health and reduce the risk for developing heart disease and diabetes. It can also be beneficial to help manage chronic conditions. Many completers of the program have reported positive changes to their A1C readings and others were able to reduce their blood pressure from concerning readings to normal,” Roach says.
Research backs up the effectiveness of synchronous (real-time) online weight loss programs that include mindful eating strategies.
A study published in the journal Obesity in 2016 found that people who completed a 15-week, synchronous web-based weight management program lost significantly more weight than a control group and kept it off for at least 6 months. Their body-mass index also fell.
Participants are expected to commit to the evidence-based program, which is held each week by Zoom. Each participant can choose the class time that works best for his or her schedule. Lunchtime, late afternoon, and evening classes to accommodate various time zones and work schedules are available.
Participants in Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less will receive materials after they register, including a welcome kit mailed to their home that includes a program workbook, a mindful eating journal, and measurement guidelines. They also may order a ‘perfect attendance’ T-shirt in whatever size they think they’ll need once the workshop is finished.
“If you’re not fully invested in making a change in your life, this is not going to be for you,” Roach says. “You get tools and materials and one-on-one support that is invaluable.”
Call us today to register for Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less. Part of the process is a screening to determine readiness and commitment to the program. Once you are registered, you will receive a voucher code for the Eat Smart website to provide access to the program. For those who do not have internet access, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B may be able to lend you one.
Call 833-262-2200 or email email@example.com to get started.