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Here’s how the leaders and their teams did

Team It’s Elementary

May 25, 2010
The Mining Journal

Mary Beth Niemi of Sandy Knoll Elementary School had these comments on her experience with the Healthy Weight Journal 6: Workplace Challenge:

- Why did you join the program?

I was ready to take control of my health and thought being a part of a team of co-workers working towards healthier lifestyles with the support of experts from AdvantedgeSports and MGH would be a good way to do it. I was right.

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Mary Beth Niemi

- Did you reach your goal?

Yes, I've reached my weight goal and my blood sugar and cholesterol levels have improved dramatically.

- How did you change your eating habits?

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Mary Beth Niemi

Age 55:

Cholesterol: 181 (was 218)

Blood pressure: 116/84 (was 127/80)

Blood Sugar: 98 (was 135)

Body Fat: 29.4% (was 37.1)

BMI: 21.4 (was 24.6)

Final Weight: 128.4 pounds

Weight Lost: 13 pounds

I focused on eating healthier snacks and meals that include more fruits and vegetables.

- What type of exercise routine did you participate in to aid in your weight loss?

I worked out with a trainer at Advantedge Sports and started walking and hiking with my husband.

What was the biggest obstacle to overcome?

I needed to change my way of thinking from what I thought I couldn't do, exercisewise, or what I couldn't eat, to what I can do and what I can eat. Looking at it from a positive aspect has made a world of difference.

- What kind of feedback have you received from the publicity of being a participant in the program? Who have you influenced to lose weight?

The ongoing positive feedback and support from my friends and co-workers has been wonderful and appreciated. I feel the coverage in the Mining Journal has led to many positive conversations with people in the community.

- Here is a quote from my biggest supporter, my husband. "I'm proud of Mary Beth and what she's accomplished in the last few months. She's really become dedicated to a healthy lifestyle."

- What are your plans to stay on track and continue this new healthy lifestyle in the future?

I am continuing to work with a trainer at Advantedge Sports, along with exercising on my own. My family and I are all focused on healthy eating.

- Would you recommend this program to other people? Why?

Definitely! Those who know me know that before participating in this program, I had never willingly eaten a sweet potato or gone for a hike. This has truly been a life-changing experience!



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