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Team helps people lose, manage weight

Members of the Weight Management Center will be available during Wellness Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Children’s Hospital lobby. They will be able to determine participants body mass index and discuss programs available at the Weight Management Center.

by Joshua D. Brown, Ph.D., Weight Management Center, and Tonya Turner, registered dietitian
The Weight Management Center offers a number of programs to serve the different needs of people. However, all of the programs include a strong emphasis on helping people make the long-term lifestyle changes that are so important for success in the long run.
These changes are the “ABCDS” of lifestyle change: q  Activity changes—Exercise is crucial to the long-term success of a weight loss program. No single exercise program is right for everyone, so it is important for you to create and work towards an exercise program that is effective and reasonable for you.

  • Behavioral changes—Your habits and behaviors are important parts of your lifestyle and, therefore, your weight. Many of your behaviors are automatic; occurring without you even thinking about them. Monitoring your behaviors is one of the most important tools for helping change your lifestyle and manage your weight. Regularly graphing your weight and keeping eating diaries are important new habits to develop.
  • Cognitive (thinking) changes—Your thought patterns are as important as your behavior patterns. Your associations to food and your thoughts about dieting affect your ability to successfully watch your weight. It is important to become more aware of and change the thought patterns that lead you to overeat or sabotage your own progress.
  • Dietary changes—Successful long-term weight loss and overall health depend on a healthy diet. A registered dietitian can help you form an eating plan  you can live.
  • Support systems—The process of losing weight and growing accustomed to new ways of dealing with food can be difficult. Your friends, family and co-workers can be great sources of support. They also can be harmful when it comes to your attempts to make lifestyle changes.

Visit or call 792-CARE (2273) to get scheduled for a free consultation. (Ask about the discounts and payroll deduction options offered to MUSC-affiliated employees.)
The Weight Management Center is staffed with registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, physicians, psychologists, and nurses who specialize in helping people lose weight and keep it off.

Upcoming weight-loss program
Work it Off—Learn to lose weight the healthy way, and do it during your lunch break. This 10-week worksite weight loss program for MUSC employees costs $98 and is held at the Weight Management Center- Institute of Psychiatry from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 25. The program is offered by MUSC’s weight-loss professionals, including dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists who will help you learn to make the best nutritional choices, and adopt healthy eating patterns and exercise habits. We emphasize lifestyle change, healthy changes that you can sustain  after the program is completed.
Call Beka Hardin at 792-9959 to register, or e-mail
Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

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