8 Weeks To Wellness
March 28, 2013 Filed in: Health Ministries
It has been four weeks since over 200 participants and coaches started 8 Weeks to Wellness 2013. Already there are many testimonies of weight lost, inches shed, and lots of other important health benefits. Participants are excited to be a part of such a wonderful program.
Each Monday at exactly 6:00 pm participants dressed in their program T-Shirts and armed with their pedometers start their exercise of choice. Some head out to the field to walk with team leader Patricia Ferguson, others get a creative, but invigorating workout while sitting with our chair aerobics group led by Kim Scavella, while many others choose our most vigorous workout session led by Bruce Young and Andy Green. After the exercise session participants cool down to an important spiritual charge by Torri Knowles or Noel Brown. The most loved session of all is the time when we divide into 16 coaching groups. It is in the group sessions where participants get to commit to personal goals, share their accomplishments, their struggles, and encourage each other. Each group is led by one or two dedicated coaches who have committed to call, and encourage their group members each week. The last session for the evening is the half hour health educational session from the best health professionals in the Bahamas. At the end some of our participants become the recipients of gift incentives. Incentives are not given for losing the most weight, but for following some of the important health principles encouraged by the program.
The 8 Weeks to Wellness program came out of the need to provide the public with the tools for health behavior change. Before 2005 the Adventist Health Professionals Association was involved in bringing awareness through numerous health screenings and health fairs. Helping people to become aware of their health status was only the beginning. People needed tools and coaching in order to make significant health behavior change. It was from this back drop that the first wellness program was initiated in 2005.
Over the years the scientific analysis of the participants who completed the program showed significant weight loss and reduction in blood pressure. Participants also show significant increase in fruits and vegetables consumption and physical activity.
On Monday April 29th we will be celebrating with our graduates of the 8th Annual 8 Weeks to wellness program 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Bahamas Academy Gym. It is always amazing to hear the awesome testimonies of how this program as impacted the lives of so many grateful participants. Feel free to come out and be empowered.