Most of us would not consider losing to be a successful strategy for winning. But when it comes to effectively managing your weight to improve your overall health and wellness, losing might just be your best strategy for winning.
According to data collected through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and 30.5 percent are defined as obese. Web MD.com reports that research shows the following health benefits may be derived through weight loss:
Weight loss may improve survival in those who have an obesity-related disease, especially type 2 diabetes.
A modest weight loss of 4.4 pounds to 9.7 pounds resulted in a significant lowering of blood pressure.
People with asthma who lost an average of 31.3 pounds over one year showed improved lung function and overall health, and with weight loss the number of severe asthma episodes and oral corticosteroid courses were reduced.
People with type 2 diabetes who lost weight had lower blood sugar levels and were able to use less medicine to lower their blood sugar levels.
Sustained weight loss prevented new cases of type 2 diabetes in people who were obese.
People with obstructive sleep apnea who lost as little as 10 percent of their weight improved their sleep patterns and had less daytime sleepiness.
Overall, managing your body weight, in relation to your holistic well-being, is an important focus as we strive to find balance in our lives. In support of this concept, the Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce a new option for CUA employees, the “Lose and Win” weight management program.
The “Lose and Win” weight management program, developed by UnitedHealthcare, is an eight-week program facilitated by group leaders who are knowledgeable about this topic and supportive of the UnitedHealthcare approach to weight management. This new program is available to all CUA employees whether or not you participate in the UnitedHealthcare benefit plan. There is no charge for participating in this program; however, those interested must register in advance, as each group is limited to 20 participants. For the initial offering of this program, two sessions will be available as follows:
Dates: Every Wednesday, April 13 – June 1
Time: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Pryzbyla 342
Dates: Every Thursday, April 14 – June 9 (No session in observance of Holy Thursday, April 21, and no session May 15).
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Pryzbyla 342/331
The sessions have been scheduled to coincide with employee lunch breaks. Please feel free to bring your healthy lunch with you to enjoy during your session.
If you are interested in enrolling for either session, please contact Natasha Gray, Office of Human Resources, at email@example.com