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Crook County Health Department and St. Charles Health System team up to offer Weigh-In Crook County 2019

It's time for Crook County residents to weigh-in and get healthy.

"Every year, there seems to be a new wonder diet, yet as a community, we are still struggling with weight and the associated problems like heart disease and diabetes," said Crook County Health Department Health Educator Kylie Loving. "There are proven methods that can help people who are interested in making positive, lifelong lifestyle changes, and getting off the diet roller coaster."

The Crook County Health Department and St. Charles Health System in Prineville are teaming up to offer Weigh-In Crook County 2019, a free yearlong program that helps participants achieve moderate weight loss by eating well and being active.

Classes take place each Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Charles Prineville, Ochoco Conference Room C. Welcome sessions are scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 and March 4. Sessions are weekly for the first 16 weeks, and then at least monthly for the rest of the year.

The Weigh-In class follows the curriculum of the national Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The year-long program helps participants learn ways to incorporate healthier eating and moderate physical activity, as well as problem solving, stress-reduction and coping skills into their daily lives.

Participants meet with Loving, who is a trained lifestyle coach, as well as a small group of people who are making lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the program. Loving, who has a health degree, went through the lifestyle coach training.

This will be Loving's third year teaching the class, and she has taught five classes so far.

"I've helped coach a lot of people to some pretty significant weight loss," she said. "So far, in total, my groups have lost more than 400 pounds. It's a really good program and really good curriculum."

This class is not specifically designed for people with diabetes, but rather for people who have risk factors for diabetes such as being overweight, inactive, or have a family history of diabetes.

The goals of the program include: Achieving 7 percent weight loss from starting weight; getting 150 minutes of physical activity each week; keeping off the weight they lose; and providing weekly support for participants.

The class is funded by the Central Oregon Health Council.

Other Healthy Living classes that the health department promotes and supports include Better Bones and Balance, Walk with Ease, and Living with Chronic Conditions.

"The biggest benefit that I've seen for people is that their health and their lifestyles really do change throughout the course of the year," Loving said. "People that stick with the class and really make a diligent effort to try to make changes in their lifestyle have seen their blood sugars go down, some have able to get off medications, they are able to improve their sleep, and just feel better all around."

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Weigh-In Crook County 2019

Date: 1-2 p.m. Mondays. Welcome sessions Feb. 25 and March 4

Place: St. Charles Prineville, 348 SE Combs Flat Road, Ochoco Conference Room C

Preregistration is required.

Call Kylie Loving at 541-447-3260.

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