The GNBCHC has received a grant to participate in the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project. This is a citywide initiative to prevent and treat children who are overweight or who are at risk for being overweight. The GNBCHC is a clinical partner. Other partners in this program include Working with Mass in Motion KIDS, New Bedford YMCA, and New Bedford Schools and Day Care facilities.
Weight Loss Group at the GNBCHC:
Groups of 6-10 adults meet for a one-our weekly group for a 12-week period. The group support helps to facilitate and reinforce life style changes important for each person.
We focus on nutrition education; including meal plans, lower fat, lower calorie/carbohydrate eating, healthy cooking techniques, recipe modification, behavior modification and ways to incorporate activity into daily life.
The one-hour group has an individual weight check, blood pressure check, short check in time with the group members, nutrition education for the week and an exercise component.
Maintaining healthy changes is a challenge. For this reason, there is an opportunity to meet with the nutritionist one or one after the 12 week group and as a group on a less frequent basis.
There are also 2 Healthy Weight Clinics each week: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30pm4:00pm.
A few comments from group members:
"I like the openness of the group, everyone contributes"
"The weekly weigh-ins help give me the incentive to work hard"
"I like the handouts and weekly talks, it gives me a focus"
"I like the group, it's helpful to know I am not alone"
"The group feedback is important to me"
"It's fun to encourage each other week to week"
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