Last updated: January 24. 2014 6:19PM - 1715 Views
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Faith Bemiss/DemocratSarah Nail gets student Zachary Wulf's height as part of the assessments for the 2014 Healthy U program orientation on Jan. 18 at the Bothwell Educational Center.
Faith Bemiss/DemocratSarah Nail gets student Zachary Wulf's height as part of the assessments for the 2014 Healthy U program orientation on Jan. 18 at the Bothwell Educational Center.
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The Healthy U class of 2014 began its year-long program with orientation Jan. 18, and it seems that all involved, both students and coaches alike, are excited to get started.

The students met with their fitness and nutrition coaches to set goals and a schedule, and they also went through five stations to get them started on their healthy journey. They had a fitness evaluation, body measurements and a nutrition pre-test, a timed half mile on a treadmill, learned about heart rate and how to use that as a tool, and got an introduction to the new behavioral health component from professional counselor Kim Ream.

“Orientation went great, I love everybody’s positive attitude,” said Megan Webb, Healthy Living Action Group Co-Chair. “They’re so gung ho about it, ready to work out and learn new things about nutrition and that makes it very exciting.

“I’ve heard nothing but excitement. They’re excited to be there and get started. Some were already in contact with their coaches. There was a little bit of fatigue after the evaluations, but that’s a good thing because it meant they were giving it their all.”

The 12 students will now meet once a week for an educational program in a support group environment. The students and the public are also invited to attend the community weight loss support group, which meets at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday in the Bothwell Educational Building.

Community events are also available for those who didn’t make it into the program but are still looking to get healthy. The first event is the Couch to 5K kick-off at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Bothwell Educational Building. Webb said it will be an orientation to the eight-week training program, which includes beginner, intermediate and advanced workouts. Participants can complete three sessions a week on their own, and bring in their initialed form to be eligible for weekly prize drawings.

All of the students had their own goals and expectations for the program, ranging from specific weight loss goals to simply “get healthier.”

“I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about nutrition,” Steve Sobaski said. “I have a family of four, so how can we incorporate healthy eating habits into our busy lives? The things that are fast and easy typically aren’t good for you.”

Some of the students have already started planning work out sessions together. Sarah Siegel said a group was going to work out Saturday at Total Fitness, and she and her trainer have plans to meet with each other four times a week throughout the year. Now that the program has officially started for the new class, they’re nervous and eager to learn, all at the same time.

“I”m excited to share my story,” Nicole Thomas said. “That might be the scariest part. The thought of sharing my weight is terrifying, but it’s important to have that accountability with this public program. Now when I go to the grocery store or go out to eat at a restaurant I’ll be eating healthy because people are watching. I’m excited for that accountability in my life this year.”

Everyone was excited about starting the program and everything to come, but student Cherelle Staten seemed to say it best: “I’m excited for my outcome.”

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