Weight loss program helps cure health problems


From time to time, we all struggle with managing our weight. We make plans and we have good intentions, but it is often difficult to get started.

HMR weight management program available at McDowell Wellness Center, a service of Ephraim McDowell Health, has helped one such person - among many - not only get started, but also motivated to change his lifestyle.

David R. Farmer, 63, suffered from high blood pressure and sleep apnea for more than 10 years. To manage these conditions, he was on prescription medication that cost more than $800 a year. He found that by completing the HMR program, he has lost 26 pounds, was able to stop using medication, and also found that his cognitive functioning was greatly improved as a result of stopping prescription medication.

"My doctor told me to lose 30 pounds for my health, and I just couldn't seem to do it on my own. Some people need structure and support, and I found both those elements in the HMR program," Farmer said.


He added, "I exercise about 40 minutes a day, and it is much easier to exercise without the extra weight."

Farmer found the support and enthusiasm of his counselor particularly helpful.

HMR is a 12-week program that teaches individuals how to eat properly and exercise in order to lose weight as well as to learn the skills to keep the weight off long-term.

McDowell Wellness Center began offering the program in April. Participants say the program is helping them to lose weight because it offers an easy-to-follow diet that doesn't require extensive grocery shopping or cooking.

Research shows that individuals who follow the HMR program keep off, on average, 19 percent or more of their initial body weight more than two years after their weight loss. The success of the program is linked to its highly-structured diet plan.

Orientation sessions at McDowell Wellness Center offer participants an opportunity to learn more about the program and see if the weight management program is for them. For information on the next session, call (859) 936-9355.

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