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Move To Win program can help you lose

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Our third Operation Move to Win program began Jan. 6. On that day, the temperature outside was a brutal minus 41 degrees. After 12 weeks, the program came to a close, with only slightly better weather, but a great overall improvement in the health of our participants. 

The KSB Operation Move to Win program is a 12-week weight loss initiative designed to promote positive behavior change to help individuals with weight management and improve eating and activity habits.

Any company or group organization can participate as long as there are at least 10 participants or 100 percent of the company if there are less than 10 employees. Christine Scheffler, KSB Community Wellness Coordinator, is the organizer, coordinator, motivator, and overall person-in-charge of the program.

My role, as a dietitian, is to provide individual diet and exercise recommendations, guidance, support, and help change behaviors associated with eating and activity.

We travel to every company once a month to not only weigh participants, but most importantly, to educate them on diet and exercise, provide educational materials and recipes, and support.

Our recent program included a total of 21 companies, 29 total locations covering 5 counties, and 498 participants.

Some view the program as a competition as there are monetary prizes involved, but most view the Move to Win program as a chance to learn how to eat healthy and get started on the right path for long term wellness.

Christine and I see so many positive changes that occur with the program. There is so much more happening than just a change in numbers on the scale. Health behaviors are being improved, lab numbers including HgA1C and cholesterol levels are reduced, and energy levels enhanced. We both feel very strongly about our program and want to share some of the changes we have seen in our participants during their 12-week journey of the Move to Win Program.

For more information on our next program beginning in August, please contact Christine Scheffler at 815-285-5932 or by email at cscheffler@ksbhospital.com.

Positive health changes with Move to Win

nEating breakfast daily

n Drinking more water and lesssugary beverages. Many participants stopped drinking pop entirely

n Reduction in food portions – learning to eat until just content

n Eating more at home; less fast food

n Improved eating habits for the entire family

n Reduction in blood pressure and improved lab values

n Moving more, getting more activity; playing with children

n Being supportive of each other at work; sharing recipes, walking groups, healthy snacks at work

We shared many recipes with participants of the program including the following burger recipe from Hungry Girl.

Buffalo-Style Blue Cheese Burgers

Makes 4 servings.

1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)

1/3 cup chopped onion

¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

2 tbsp. Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

2 tbsp. fat-free egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1⁄8 tsp. each salt and black pepper

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients. Evenly form into 4 patties. Bring a grill pan or large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Working in batches as needed, cook patties for 4-8 minutes per side, until cooked to your preference. Enjoy.

Per serving: 183 calories, 7g fat, 547 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, .5 g fiber, .5 g sugar, 26 g protein.

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