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Big steps to healthy lifestyle

Monday, 20th December, 2010

Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn, female winner Tina McLaren, runner-up Sue Adams, runner-up Cathy Mullins, (back row) runner-up Pam Stuchberry, quiet achiever Morgan Morris and runner-up Judy Everuss Community Dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn, female winner Tina McLaren, runner-up Sue Adams, runner-up Cathy Mullins, (back row) runner-up Pam Stuchberry, quiet achiever Morgan Morris and runner-up Judy Everuss

The BH Health Service is celebrating the conclusion of its Stairways to A Heavenly Body (STAHB) program, which has seen staff take positive steps to a healthier lifestyle.

For the past 10 weeks, participating staff have been working hard to live healthier lifestyles, under the guidance of the STABH program run by the Dietetics Department. 

The participating staff, who were from most departments in the hospital, were weighed and had their waist measured every Friday, and weekly newsletters were given out to provide knowledge and skills to complete each goal.

Community Dietitian, Heidi Drenkhahn, said the program encouraged health service staff to lead by example and model healthy lifestyles to the community.

She said the number taking part was far beyond initial expectations, with more than 100 signing up for the challenge. 

"The program started in early October and provided participants with weekly goals for both diet and exercise to help make step-by-step changes towards an overall healthy lifestyle," Ms Drenkhahn said.

The program came to and end last week, with most successful in having shed some winter kilos. The 'biggest losers' were celebrated with an awards ceremony in the hospital foyer.

"Keep going with your heavenly bodies," Ms Drenkhahn told the winners. The female winner, Tina McLaren, lost nine kilograms with the help of the program.

"I started eating properly and cut out all the junk food," Ms McLaren said. She said since losing the weight she feels more energetic, which helps out in her job in the laundry.

"It's physical work." Richard Walker was named as male winner, having lost more than 3kg, and the quiet achiever award went to Morgan Morris.

Winners received healthy lifestyle packs which included recipe books and gym passes. "We hope that the winners and everyone else who took part will continue their healthy lifestyles into the future," Ms Drenkhahn said.

She said the dietetics department was completely overwhelmed by the response to the program, and hoped to run a similar one at the same time next year.

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