HAWC offers lifestyle change course for Team Osan

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HAWC offers lifestyle change course for Team Osan

by: Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs | .
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published: January 05, 2013

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Osan's Health and Wellness Center will offer the Air Force weight management program, Better Body. Better Life course beginning Jan. 7.

"The program is designed to help individuals seeking to lose and maintain their weight and enjoy an overall healthy lifestyle," said Staff Sgt. Taylor Simon, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron HAWC NCO in charge. "The interactive program includes five two and a half hour modules focusing on nutrition, physical activity and behavioral issues."

Better Body. Better Life was introduced as an Air Force initiative in 2012, and is now being implemented at Osan.

The modules focus on a number of key topics including physical activity, nutrition, carbs, making healthy choices when dining out, meal planning, behaviors and plateaus, Simon explained. Each module has a physical activity component and includes a workout, and the in-class facilitated trainings include hands-on activities to help promote learning and retention.

"The program has been based more for fitness test failures due to waist measurements, but it is a volunteer program available to base members," she said. "This is a very beneficial weight-loss program providing participants with the tools and resources to lose weight and keep it off."

Each module is broken down into two parts during the two and a half hour session. The first hour is spent focusing on nutrition education with the second hour and a half dedicated to fitness, focusing on different goals.

"The classroom portion of this course is not the average boring slideshow," said Senior Airman Chevis Daniels, 51st Aerospace Medicine Squadron HAWC diet therapist. "The program is very interactive and facilitated."

The course will use models and real-world examples to help participants become more aware of what they are eating. One example of the models that will be used will demonstrate the sugar content of 23 cans of soda by showing a five-pound bag of sugar.

"The fitness sections will show how to work out," Daniels said. "With the classes being five weeks, it helps over time allowing us to focus on specific areas. We hope to make it fun and educational to help people become healthier overall."

This is an opportunity to get a hands-on feel, Daniels said. Some people don't know how to work out. This will be a lifestyle change more than a fitness test.

Two different classes, each offering 20 seats, will be available.

"You can sign up today to begin your journey toward a better body and a better life," Simon said. "We want people to walk away with a better understanding of nutrition. Not only do we want to help our students lose their unwanted weight, but we want them to maintain it afterwards."

For more information, contact Osan's Health and Wellness Center at 784-3206 or email
51mdg.hawc2@us.af.mil .

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