Residents of the Rim Country are invited to give up 90 minutes on eight Sunday afternoons to improve their health.
The program, "8 Weeks to Wellness" will be presented at 4 p.m., beginning Sunday, Feb. 17 at The Meeting Place, 1107 S. Beeline, Suite 2 in Payson. The is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a community service.
Mary Jo Oft will be leading the presentation with a team of health-care experts.
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 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.
"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.
Past participants offered the following about their experience with the program.
"When I was told by my doctor that I had a serious health condition, I was upset and felt a little helpless. That is when I heard about the class, 8 Weeks to Wellness. The class has made me more aware of what I can do to help myself and my family to have a better and longer life. The class was fun and I met great new friends," said Vickie Lacek.
The class is something couples can do together. Arnold and Dotty Sutter both enjoyed the experience. "The 8 Weeks to Wellness helped me lose 7-1/2 pounds and to feel lots more peppy," said Dotty. "Really great stuff! Better than any medicine," said Arnold.
"It was wonderful to cut through all the theories and get some well-researched facts in regards to nutrition. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle," said Michele Simmons.
"It has been a very informative and enjoyable class. It is not a ‘diet,' but a lifestyle change for better health. It impressed upon me the importance of daily involvement in exercise and wise choices in healthier foods and eating habits for now and in the future," said LeAnn Pendleton.
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 as seating is limited. Call (928) 472-3388 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.