Deadline looming to enroll in weight management class

Cooperative Extension offers 16-week healthy living course
Jan. 18, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

There are still a few spots open in the Lee County Cooperative Extension's weight-management class that educates people on healthy lifestyle choices.

"This is a weight-management class, not a crash-course diet," said Extension Director Susan Condlin, who oversees the class. "This will teach you what you need to do for the long term instead of losing weight and not knowing how to keep it off."

After paying a $30 registration fee, residents who attend the 16-week long Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less class will meet for one hour a week on Thursdays at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center to learn how to incorporate healthy choices into their lifestyles, Condlin said. The class kicks off on Jan. 24.

Condlin said she uses the registration fees to cover any class expenses and to act as an incentive for class attendees to reach their target weight.

"If you reach your goal weight at the end of the 16 weeks, you equally share the money," she said. "Most of the time, they get their money back and a little bit more."

The program has been held for more than 20 years, Condlin said, and the class incorporates physical activity and guest speakers.

"You have to be mentally able and mentally committed to make a change in your life," she said. "When you take those pounds off, you can keep them off."

Registration is due by Monday, and Condlin encourages participants to attend with a buddy for motivation. The more classes a person misses, the less chance they have of making their goal weight, she said.



WHAT: Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, a 16-week weight management class

WHEN: Every Thursday at noon beginning Jan. 24

WHERE: McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Road

REGISTRATION: A $30 fee must be paid by Jan. 21 to enroll in the class