If you are interested in your health and weight management,  we have a great class for you!  It will be held at Nature’s Pantry, Monday, August 28, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.with Jessica Reynolds, Registered Dietician. Jessica is very personable, energetic,  knowledgeable and full of “vim and vinegar”.  She will be presenting ideas and ways to help you obtain and maintain a healthy weight!

According to Jessica the class will be about adding some good into your life. This course will help you:

  • Recognize that health and well-being are multidimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional and intellectual aspects.
  • Promote eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite and pleasure.
  • Transform nutrition information into practical, daily living for you and your family.
  • Create well-rounded grocery lists for a healthy lifestyle.

As many of you have guessed from my random blogs, my passion is nutrition and helping people find and maintain vibrant health.  Recently, I was attending a health webinar where the following information was given:

  • Only 15% of extremely over weight people eat too much  (2,800-4,000 calories)
  • But 35% of extremely over weight people eat normally  (2,000-2,700 calories)
  • And 50% of people who are overweight eat very little  (800-1,500 calories

According to Jessica, “restrictive dieting is an ineffective long term prescription for obesity, as up to 95% of dieters regain the weight they lost, and sometimes more, within three years.  Restrictive dieting and weight cycling can lead to physical complications including slowed metabolism, reduced muscle tissue and body temperature, as well as eating disorders”.

I was so surprised to learn that many of us that are overweight don’t eat enough healthy calories to maintain good muscle strength and energy. Also there are more overweight individuals that are struggling with malnutrition than you would think.  You don’t have to be skinny, with your ribs showing, to be  malnourished!

Consider the following statistics according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2013–2014:

  • More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight.
  • More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
  • About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be overweight.
  • More than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese.

Those statistics are very saddening and I want this class to be positive and helpful for you and me and anyone else that might be struggling with their weight management.   If you would like some ideas, motivation and help, stop in and register for our class “Healthy Weight Management” at Nature’s Pantry,  1907 4th Street in La Grande, Oregon or call 541-963-7955 soon, because space is limited.

I hope to see you there!

Above all things I wish that you would prosper and be in good health!

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