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Name: Linda

Health Challenge: High blood pressure, obesity and family history of heart disease.

Greatest Motivation: By the end of the program I did feel better all around. I lost 15-20 pounds. Once you get started, it becomes a habit. It’s a passion and it just helps you spiritually, mentally, physically, all around. I took it as a personal challenge and I’m pleased with myself that I was able to do it. I want to continue to do it for the rest of my life.

Her Story: My parents died quite young, at 70, which I consider quite young, and I’m not far from that. I want to live a little longer, and I feel this program is helping me quite a bit. I do feel better generally all over. My experience was a good one because the leaders, the coordinators, all the facilitators were great. The social support part was nice because if you don’t have social support elsewhere or support at home, it helps to have that.

“I took it as a personal challenge and I’m pleased with myself that I was able to do it.”

The nutrition aspect was probably the most important to me because I wanted to make sure that I eat the correct food to reverse heart disease and prevent inflammation caused by the wrong foods. The meditation part was excellent. I just got to lay back, relax, and chill out, as the kids say. It was just beneficial all around.

By the end of the program I did feel better all around. I lost 15-20 pounds. The exercise part of it was great because I love to do exercise, walking and biking and kayaking. The nutrition was wonderful too because I guess I always knew what I should be eating, but I didn’t do it, so the [program] help me there. I took it as a personal challenge and I’m pleased with myself that I was able to do it. I want to continue to do it for the rest of my life. If you stick to it, and it’s not really that hard to stick to it, it becomes a habit. It’s a passion and it just helps you spiritually, mentally, physically, all around.

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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
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