Curves helps get women on the right track

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30-Day Diet Plan program offers women a start-up class and progression to phases

By Special to the Monitor

More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight and more than one-third of adult U.S. women are obese, according to the American Obesity Association.

In fact, obesity plays a major role in the poor health of women, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Such statistics can be alarming and the increase in obesity is why places, like the local Curves center have educational programs to address weight-loss through focused curricula and classes.

 “Wouldn’t it be great to have a program that helps you reach your weight goal and stay there? In order to reach your weight goal, however, you have to retrain and sustain your metabolism,” Crystal Dufresne of the Los Alamos Curves said.

In recognition of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day on Sept. 30, the Curves location in Los Alamos is announcing its no cost, 30-Day Diet Plan program for all Los Alamos-area women interested in weight-loss results and health improvement.

According to Dufresne, the 30-Day Diet Plan program is a series of free weight management classes. These classes are based on recent research findings from the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory at Texas A&M University. They teach Curves’ demonstrated method for raising metabolism and losing weight.

“National Women’s Health and Fitness Day gives us an opportunity to show women in our own community how easy it is to gain control of their weight,” Dufresne said. “We realize women in Los Alamos are thinking about going to other programs like Weight Watchers. That is why we invite them to take a look at our program which is free to join and backed by a studied system.”

Classes for the 30-Day Diet Plan program include: A start-up class and progression to phases for first-time participants.

The phase 3 class will teach the most important stage of the Curves Weight Management Plan and special techniques for ongoing weight maintenance. Special topics classes will cover a different health-related topic each month, including smart grocery shopping, choosing the right carbohydrates, eating out, emotional eating and more.

The next class will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday.

All classes are available at no fee and no membership is required. The classes are administered by hands-on activities facilitated by weight management coaches from Curves of Los Alamos and DVDs that provide lessons by Curves’ Registered Dietitian Nadia Rodman. Participants are encouraged to make a weekly appointment to weigh in with their weight management coaches, who provide ongoing support and accountability.

“We hope to show local women how they can benefit from these specialized classes,” Dufresne said, “and invite them to learn a brand new way to lose weight and keep it off — without counting points, calories or carbohydrates.”

For more information about Curves of Los Alamos and when the diet classes are offered, contact Crystal Dufresne at 661-2455 or e-mail at 974VCS6Y@curves