Ready, Set, Go!
From Spotlight on Health July/Aug. 2008
Get your motor running
When Jean Rushmeyer’s
cholesterol hit 275 in
January, she decided it was
time to do something
about it. She had gained
56 pounds after
undergoing a hysterectomy
in 2007, and her cholesterol kept climbing.
Her doctor recommended she go on
medication, but Rushmeyer decided to give
weight loss a try first.
“This was such a wake-up call for me,” she
said. “I had high cholesterol, I was a
borderline diabetic and my size 18 pants were
getting tight. At age 50, I didn’t want to be a
size 20, on insulin and high-cholesterol
Rushmeyer chose the CentraCare Diabetes
Center’s Rev It Up program to help manage
her health issues.
“This class is not just for diabetics,” said
Christina Drontle, a registered dietitian and
class coordinator at the Diabetes Center
at CentraCare Health Plaza in St. Cloud. “Anyone can benefit from
learning more about their metabolism and how to feed their bodies.
By achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, people may be able to
prevent diabetes and heart disease.”
Rev It Up, a 16-week program, aims to help people achieve a more
efficient metabolism and healthy, balanced life through eating and
exercise strategies. The program stresses a balance of food, fluid and
fitness. It compares taking care of your body to taking care of your car.
Your body is the car, your metabolism is its engine and food is its fuel.
Rev It Up teaches you how to pay attention to your body’s “fuel
gauge.” You learn to rate your hunger on a scale of one to 10 to
determine when it is time to eat. You also learn how to tell the
difference between physical and emotional hunger. Knowing when to
eat and when to stop is the key to the program.
Today, Rushmeyer, 26 pounds lighter, is a much healthier woman who
feels good about herself. Her cholesterol has dropped 53 points.“I still have weight to lose and with the Rev It Up program I know
I can do it,” she said. “The program has taught me to eat breakfast
every morning, to get my eight glasses of water in each day and to
Learn more about CentraCare Diabetes Center.