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SITKA - Jacqui Cropley, of Juneau, remembers the frustration she felt the last time she went on a diet designed for weight loss. Lori Moore, of Kake, had a similar experience.
"They had me on a starvation calorie count," Cropley said. "It was a yo-yo diet. I lost 30 pounds, then I gained 20 back. Altogether I lost 40 pounds, and it all came back."
"If I'd lose 20 pounds, I'd gain it all back," Moore said.
Earlier this year, Cropley and Moore were among more than 55 women who signed up for the first round of WISE At Every Size classes run by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN program. WISE At Every Size is a non-dieting approach to health and wellness. A second round of classes starts in October at several locations around the region. The free classes are open to all adult women, regardless of size, and will be offered in Sitka, Haines, Klukwan, Angoon, Kake and Juneau.
During the classes, women will learn how to listen to their body's messages of hunger and fullness, find ways to get joyful movement into their schedules and develop a positive body image. Research has shown that this non-diet approach can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose readings. Past participants also have improved their fitness levels, as measured by a simple step test done at the start and end of the series of classes. Unlike a diet or other fad, WISE At Every Size gives women the positive skills they need to stay healthy on a long-term basis. Also, women who complete the program requirements can earn a $50 gift certificate.
To learn more about the WISE At Every Size program in general, contact SEARHC WISE At Every Size Health Educator Marci Getz at 907-966-8896 or , or call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN toll-free number, 888-388-8782.
Getz also is the contact person for the two different classes that will be taught in Sitka - one she will teach from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6 at the Sitka Pioneer Home Chapel and one taught by Renae Mathson from noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays from Oct. 6 through Dec. 22 at the Mount Edgecumbe Hospital Litehouse Cafeteria Conference Rooms.
In Juneau, Kim Meadows (364-4451) and Christy Wallace (364-4457) will teach a class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Oct. 2 to Nov. 13 at the Riverbend Community Center (Riverbend Apartments, 2800 Postal Way). In Kake, Georgie Reese (907-785-7190) and Dinah Aceveda will teach their first class from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the SEARHC Wellness Building. In Haines and Klukwan, Pam Sloper (907-766-6367) will teach classes at times to be announced this fall. In Angoon, Doreen McCluskey (907-788-4637) will teach classes at times to be announced this fall.