The Owensboro Health Healthpark has a class aimed at helping people learn and keep using healthy eating habits and there’s something for everyone in the class, said one of the facility’s dietitians.
The Lifesteps program has been around nationally for more than 20 years and Beth Cecil, a licensed and registered dietitian at the Owensboro Health Healthpark said she sees the program as a kind of road map to living a healthier life.
“It’s a comprehensive health and weight management program. The goal of the Lifesteps program is to help people develop new behaviors that will help promote weight loss and maintain a healthy weight over time,” Cecil said. “When I say comprehensive, it incorporates nutrition, physical activity, behavior modification and we do it in a group setting.”
Lifesteps helps people learn how to live healthier and does so in a way that is easy to retain, Cecil said.
“It’s really a step-by-step program. Each week, we learn a new behavior. We look at things like what you eat, how much you eat, how you eat and why you eat certain foods,” Cecil said. “We try to help the participants look at their lifestyle, identify steps they can take to lose the weight and maybe help them identify high-risk eating situations.”
At this time of year, Cecil said, there’s a lot of motivation to live a healthier life.
“The holidays are one I identify as high-risk because there’s food everywhere. We help people develop strategies to manage those situations,” Cecil said.
The next information session will take place on January 14 and the next class begins on January 21. Cecil said those interested in the program should call 270-688-5433 and ask about attending an information session for Lifesteps.
“It’s more than just a diet. It’s truly a step-by-step process to help people learn and incorporate new, healthier eating behaviors,” Cecil said.