Some changes are in store for my column in the next few weeks. You may have already guessed this, since I haven't written for the past two months.
Here's the new plan:
I'm going to participate in the Drop 10 in 10 initiative offered through Highmark Insurance and Evangelical Community Hospital, and I'll write about everything I do, learn and experience through it.
It begins today at the Community Health Education Center in Lewisburg. My first column about the program will be published next Tuesday, and I'll write one column every week for the next 10 weeks.
Drop 10 in 10 is a guided weight management and healthy lifestyle program designed to help people lose 10 percent or 10 pounds of their body weight in 10 weeks. Organizers say it is an intensive program involving nutrition, regular exercise and meaningful behavioral change.
I had a sudden and bright idea two weeks ago on how I can effect some behavior change in myself. When I think, "I need a candy bar," instead I'll stop and focus on what I really need - to get rid of some extra pounds and lose the anxiety that accompanies them.
I'd rather have some peace of mind than a quick shot of chocolate and sugar.
The Drop 10 organizers say losing weight, even just a little, can provide much more than just peace of mind.
"Studies show that reducing weight by 10 percent can reduce the risk or improve the management of chronic diseases associated with excess weight, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes," an Evangelical spokeswoman said.
The Lewisburg hospital and its community health branch regularly offer health-related classes and programs, just as do the health care systems in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven and Wellsboro. Check with hospitals in your area for details on what is available.
Lock is the Health editor. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.