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CSU students slim down with Weight Watchers

CSU Wellness Committee restarted the program in 2011. The program focuses on making healthier lifestyle choices

By Dajana Gudic

February 2, 2012

CSU is beginning a new session of Weight Watchers program for 2012. The Weight Watchers program uses a points based calorie counting system to help members lose weight and form healthy eating and exercising habits.

CSU first offered Weight Watchers program in 2007, however, for some reason the program was discontinued. The CSU Wellness Committee restarted the program in April 2011 and since then it has been growing in popularity among students, staff and people outside the CSU community.

“There isn’t anything you are not allowed to eat. You can still have good taste with some of your favorite recipes by making healthier substitutions for ingredients,” said Mary Baer a member of CSU Wellness Committee.

The members are expected to attend the weekly meetings. Every member gets appointed with a healthy weight goal.

“Depending upon your age, height, weight and gender, we assign you a weight loss target,” said Janice Brady, Weight Watcher’s leader.
Brady has been working in the health field for 23 years, and she is passionate about helping people form a healthy lifestyle.

“Once you get to your goal weight, you become a lifetime member. You can attend the meetings for free, and we do that to keep you healthy and maintain your goal weight,” said Brady.

She also illustrated that all food has a point value and it is calculated by taking into account fat, fiber, carbs and proteins. Each week Weight Watchers members have a different meeting topic that will bring them closer to reaching their weight goal.
You do not have to be overweight to join the program. If you simply want to live healthier, this program may be right for you.

“A lot of people join because they want to get their cholesterol down, or because of health problems like diabetes or blood pressure,” said Brady.
The Weight Watchers program was started in April 2011 and is growing within the CSU community.

“Creating healthy lifestyle change in our CSU culture is a focus,” said Baer, talking about the origin of the program. “I had begun following Weight Watchers personally before the program came to CSU. I saw the impact it had on family members and friends and it was the lifestyle change I was looking for.”

A member of Weight Watchers program said it changed her life. “I lost 86 pounds. I still can’t believe the amazing results,” said a girl who highly recommends this program to others.

The monthly pass costs $39.95. If you would like to get more information about becoming a member or have any questions, contact Mary Baer at m.baer@csuohio.edu.