Eight Weeks To A Healthier Life


Residents of the Rim Country are invited to give up 90 minutes on eight Monday nights to improve their health.

The program, "8 Weeks to Wellness" will be presented at 7 p.m. Mondays, starting July 10 at The Meeting Place, 1107 S. Beeline, Suite 2 in Payson, just north of Macky's Grill.

This is the second time the program has been offered in Payson. It is sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist Church as a community service.

A graduate from the first session, Kathy Siler, will be assisting Mary Jo Oft in its presentation.

"It is one of the best things I have ever done," said Siler.

Since going through the program and applying the lessons to her life, Siler said she has found she has a lot more energy and thinks it is something that can help depression.

"It's a mood lifter and helps you think better. I can't wait to go through it again," Siler said.

The eight weeks will cover the following topics:

  • Developing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Becoming more physically active.
  • Choosing healthy fats.
  • Choosing healthy carbohydrates.
  • Achieving a healthy weight.
  • Enhancing mind-body connections.
  • Coping more effectively with stress.
  • Getting preventative health checks.

"It's a brand new program that features the latest research from noted authorities on what really are the healthy living habits that make a difference in health and length of life," Oft said.

Among those authorities are the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health and the Adventist Health Study.

When the program was first offered earlier this year there were about 35 participants.

"We looked for a program that was health oriented for the community," Oft said. "It's fascinating, fun and motivating. It is for everyone -- those with no health problems and those who have chronic health problems."

The goal is to have participants become more informed and motivated health consumers, Oft said.

"It helps us apply what we know we should do in a simple, easy and gradual way," she said.

Siler said, "We (she and her husband, John) signed up just to support the Ofts, but got hooked. It's relevant information for common lives. It's a lot easier to implement than going to the gym every day."

As a teacher, Siler said she is constantly sharing information with her students.

"I don't preach, but I let them know that by eating right and being more active they can be more focused," Siler said. "They don't fall asleep in class. I see kids having chips and soda for breakfast and having chips and soda for lunch. It's no wonder they are either falling asleep in class or bouncing off the walls."

Oft said she welcomes young people, those in junior high school or older, and their parents to come to the class.

The cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple. Pre-registration is required. Call (928) 468-6721 or (928) 978-4663 to reserve a place. The fee covers the cost of the class manual, handouts and samples of healthy food that will be served.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes, bring writing materials and be prepared to participate in simple activities, Oft said.

-- To reach Teresa McQuerrey call 474-5251 ext. 113 or e-mail tmcquerrey@payson.com.

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