The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 9, 2014

County AgriLife Extension, PRCIL launching 8-week health program

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

Are you looking for a way to lose weight or change lifestyle habits for the better but need a little encouragement?

Just in time for new year resolutions related to staying healthy, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living will launch a new eight-week weight loss program called “Step Up & Scale Down” that will meet at noon on Mondays.

“Step Up & Scale Down is a researched-based program that has proven success in weight-loss and the increase of healthy lifestyle habits,” Anderson County Extension Agent Holly Black said. “It is a great program to do with a friend or family member. It is always easier to reach your goals when you have additional support.”

The program will consist of weekly lessons to help participants manage weight, weekly weight check-in, weekly challenge to help participants “stay the course,” “Dinner Tonight!” healthy recipes and eating tips, exercise resources and a weight-loss planner with a food journal and exercise tracker.

The first class will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 starting at noon and concluding at 12:50 p.m. The schedule will continue for eight weeks. The class will meet at the Palestine Resource Center, located at 421 Avenue A. A healthy lunch will be provided for the first and last class. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch for the other classes.

Cost is $25. Pre-registration is needed by Friday, Jan. 24. To register, come to the County Extension Office or mail a $25 check, along with your name, address and phone number to: Anderson County Extension Office, 101 East Oak St., Palestine, Texas 75801. Make checks payable to Program Development Fund.

For more information, call Black at 903-723-3735.