Story last updated at 2/4/2009 - 11:44 am
SITKA - Are you tired of weight-loss diets that don't work? Are you a woman who wants to learn about a fun, effective way to improve your health and wellness, without being a slave to the scale? Then the WISE At Every Size program may be for you.
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) WISEWOMAN program is sponsoring WISE At Every Size classes for women. The lunchtime classes take place from noon to 1 p.m. on 12 consecutive Mondays, from Feb. 9 through April 27, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The classes will be led by Renae Mathson, a SEARHC Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska community project assistant. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 4.
WISE At Every Size is a non-dieting approach to health and wellness. The classes are open to all adult women and they focus on listening to your body's messages of hunger and fullness, finding ways to get joyful movement and having a positive body image. Research has shown that this approach can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose readings, while improving overall fitness. Women who complete the program requirements will earn a $50 gift certificate.
Almost 100 women in Southeast Alaska have completed the WISE At Every Size program since the first round of classes started in January 2008.
One of those was Sharon McIndoo of Sitka and Angoon, who said WISE At Every Size "is a great program. It taught me about intuitive eating, and that every 'body' has different fitness levels, no matter what we look like on the outside. I learned to get joyful movement into my daily routine and I enjoy being a role model."
In addition to the classes in Sitka, there are WISE At Every Size classes being taught this winter in several other Southeast communities. To register for classes or to learn more about the program and classes in other communities, contact SEARHC WISE At Every Size Health Educator Marci Getz at 966-8896 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You also can call the SEARHC Women's Health program at 966-8782 in Sitka or toll-free at 1-888-388-8782 from elsewhere in Southeast.