**Orientations** Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about our health and weight management program at our free orientation sessions. We are located in the Indianapolis area! If you don't live near a site-we have a Remote Program. Contact us at info@hntindiana.com for more information. Visit our website to check available dates.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Time Management

The other day we posted a short quiz to rate your stress levels. What did you find?

Part 2 of dealing with stress in our lives explores ways to lower it. Here's a little number on tips for time management-chances are we could all use a little help with this one!

Have a well week,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are the "Healthy" options actually Healthy?

We have all been there before: stuck in an environment that might not be our first choice, but needing to choose something to eat. These days most places offer some sort of option touted as "healthy".

This article illustrates how frequently these "healthy" choices AREN'T healthy. A great reminder! It also gives some hints and recipes on lower-calorie or healthier options.

Have a well week,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New IOM Recommendations

It's been over 10 years since the recommendations for Vitamin D came out and since then there have been many conflicting messages. After a long process, the U.S. and Canadian governments wanted clarification. They asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to review current research on Vitamin D and Calcium and on November 30, 2010 the IOM came out with new DRI recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium based on health outcomes.

To see what you should be getting each day, check out this link to the IOM Recommendations on Vitamin D & Calcium.

Click HERE to read what the American Dietetic Association thinks about the new recommendations.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Special

We had our Annual Thanksgiving Special last Tuesday and we had a great time. We enjoyed our love of cooking and making our food appetizing to eat while using the Health ONE Meal Replacement. In case you missed it, here is what you missed out on:

Sheila demonstrating how to make the noodle recipe from Health ONE Potato Soup. After the demonstration, everyone sampled her lasagna that she had prepared in advance to show how great the noodles are in any dish!

Health ONE Pumpkin Roll is a favorite of many HNT employees, so we demonstrated how to make a delicious dessert that would be mistaken for the "real" thing. The patients who tried the sample were impressed with the Pumpkin Roll's great flavor and authenticity. We gave out Health ONE Pumpkin Roll recipe cards to those in attendance so they could try it over the Holiday Season.

After the demonstrations, we tried many recipes made by current HNT patients/staff including: a pumpkin cheesecake, mini corn dog bites, strawberry cream cheese danish, orange delight, German chocolate mousse, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate! They were all wonderful. Thank you to those who brought in their favorite recipes to share.
For those in attendance, we had several drawings and we handed out HNT Rubber Spatulas as a 'Thanks' for coming and making this event special.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How Stressed are You?

With the holidays just around the corner, we may be trying to squeeze in as much as possible-which can lead to increased STRESS levels.

Managing stress is an important part of health maintenance, and too much of it can often lead to unhealthy patterns. Practicing relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, and time management are all skills that might help us to better handle stress.

But first, rate your stress levels. How stressed are you? Take this short quiz from the Mayo Clinic to find out, and make sure you read the management tips at the end.

Have a well week,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Alex & Stephanie Success Story

Alex and Stephanie are quickly approaching the completion of the 20 week Foundation period and have lost 60 pounds and 37 pounds respectively and are at their goal weights! For the past 3-5 years they have been trying all kinds of other programs where the usual concerns for any 'diet' came into play. They said that getting bored of the limited choices for food, being hungry, and not seeing fast results were all reasons why none of the other programs worked for them.

They were encouraged to join HNT by the success of other participants that they knew and worked with on a daily basis. They wanted to get healthy in order to feel better, keep up with their growing 6 year old twins (without being exhausted) and be a good example to their kids by showing them how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

After joining the program, it wasn't long before Alex and Stephanie were being motivated in their own journeys by successes in weight loss and health. They liked the fact that hunger was not an issue despite the much lower calorie meal plan that they were following. Eating the meal replacements and fruits and vegetables made them feel great and satisfied. In addition to the meal plan, they enjoyed attending class and sharing with others who were struggling with the same situations as they were. "Its much easier to related to someone else who struggled at that family pitch-in picnic and hear their solutions that worked, " said Stephanie.

Now that they have met their goal weights and are beginning to maintain, they are eating less meal replacements and more grocery store foods with success-thanks to the weekly meetings. Before, Stephanie remembers keeping calories low, but not knowing what to eat which meant having a few high calorie and not nutritious foods and stopping based on the calories. This, she describes, left her hungry and cranky until eventually she would give up and eat whatever. Now that she has more direction and guidance about what to eat, she is feeling great about the choices she makes.

HNT has impacted them both greatly:

Alex says that HNT "has totally changed his life". He now has a different perspective on society, his personal environment, how he eats and what he eats. Shortly after joining the program, he began working out for the first time in his life. He loves the way he looks and feels, but most importantly he loves the way he is impacting the lives of those he loves by making healthy choices.

Stephanie "feels awesome, is not as tired as she used to be, can handle stress better now, is wearing a much smaller size and is receiving lots of compliments". She likes having a positive influence on those around her. She brags about changing the last tailgate she attended from a breakfast full of biscuits and gravy to egg beater omelets and turkey bacon and the snacks to fresh veggies and humus rather than cheese cubes and sausage sticks. She said, "no one minded" and "folks even commented on the fact that they didn't miss those fattier foods". She is excited that her kids now beg for apples and plums rather than ding-dongs and candy as their afternoon snacks. They also ask for lettuce wraps on their hamburgers instead of the bun, but not because she told them to, but because they saw her eating one, tried it, and liked it. She enjoys finding active activities for the whole family instead of sitting around and watching movies all the time.

Before HNT- April 2010

Now...November 2010

Nearly 100 pounds lighter between them both!

Way to go keep up the hard work,

Friday, November 19, 2010

Obesity & Late Night Eating

A new study will soon be published that looks at the links between late night eating and obesity. In this study, two sets of mice were given the same amount of daily calories, yet one set was given the bulk of their calories WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SLEEPING. The results? The mice given foods while they should have been sleeping had a 48% increase in body weight! Definite conclusions cannot be made, of course, until human studies have been tallied.

And yet, does it make you think about your eating routines? Sleep and weight have been linked to obesity in the past. We've been working on all of these issues in Practice and would love to have you join us!

Have a well week,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Treat our Troops Update: New Jersey

Wow! Just received notice of the whopping amount of candy that HNT New Jersey sent off to Operation Shoebox New Jersey to Treat our Troops today. They were able to send 295 pounds of candy to the Troops overseas! Here it is, below, ready to be shipped out:

That brings the HNT total to 492 POUNDS OF CANDY that was donated. That is the number to beat for next year!

Treat the Troops Update: Durango, CO

The results are in...For those of you who haven't been around HNT in the last couple weeks to see our giant metal bin fill up-we wanted to let you know that we filled the bin with a hefty 73 pounds of candy to donate to our U.S. Troops!

Thanks to each of you who stopped by, and for spreading the word within our community, and to the dentist across the parking lot who donated dozens of mini toothpastes to go with all that sugar!

We are thankful for those who are serving and who have served.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Just Around the Corner

As the Holiday Season is just around the corner, it's a good time to start thinking about baselines for healthy holiday planning.

Here's one little article that looks at alcohol's effect on overall health-the good and the bad for better or for worse.

Have a well week,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

FNCE-Boston 2010

The Expo Floor with tons and tons of vendors with new products to share!
The great city of Boston: It's pretty when its not raining or foggy!

While touring the Expo at the American Dietetic Associations 2010 annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) we stumbled across Lisa Lillien at the Laughing Cow Cheese booth! For those of you who don't know and love her...she is HUNGRY GIRL. In our office we love her recipes! We had to boast about how our practice topic last week just included some of her great Fall swap recipes. As expected-she was grateful. If you haven't ever checked out this Hungry Girl you should on the web HERE! She makes over traditional delicious foods for fewer calories-who wouldn't want to try her recipes? Here we are pictured with her below!

We couldn't say no to a picture with the Laughing Cow him/herself! How cute is it? & who doesn't love the little light cheese wedges for 35 calories each?! A great topping to any Health One Meal Replacement.

We had a great time touring the expo and learning more about weight loss and other nutrition related topics at the conference that we will be sharing with you all shortly. We hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Special thanks to General Mills for drawing Sheila's name for the Kindle drawling! It should be in her possession shortly!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Treat our Troops- a Huge Success

We want to thank all who participated in our first-time-ever candy drive to Treat our Troops and not WAIST Candy! We teamed up with a local dentist and church in donating the candy to the Troops since the amount of candy we received exceeded our expectations. It was a huge success that we were able to donate
124 pounds of candy!

When we are dealing with toxic environments everywhere it's important to make sure that we are setting up the environments we live in for success. This is exactly what strategy was implemented by the patients this year for Halloween. If Halloween candy is left in the house, we are much more likely to have one or two or ten pieces of candy which are typically ~100 calories per 'fun size'. But, removing the candy from our environments whether its work, home, school, etc. is a great start to making sure we can be successful in the choices we are making each day!

Have a great Holiday Season by setting your environments up for success!

P.S. Take a look at our newly painted LOGO on the wall in our office! It looks great!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fluids Are Still Important

Since the long, hot days of summer have dispersed, has your fluid consumption as well? We all know that drinking water is important for our health. But it can be confusing to know just how much we should be drinking.

Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic that gives some good information on the importance of water, and some guidelines to make sure that we're getting the proper amounts.

Have a well week,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Operation Shoebox: Halloween!

No matter what location you are from whether it's Durango, CO or one of the Indianapolis, IN sites or from New Jersey we are all participating and would love to enlist in your help in Operation Shoebox for Halloween. We know that when it comes to meal planning its all about balance and moderation and this would extend to Halloween too! A treat is just that if we enjoy it sparingly. But, with candies aplenty-at work, at home, even at the bank-it may be difficult to treat ourselves mindfully.

Do your part to enlist your friends, family and co-workers for this great event to support our troops. In Durango, drop off your leftover candy between November 1-9, and in Indiana and New Jersey be sure to drop off yours between November 1-7 so that we can send our excess candy to Treat our Troops instead of Tricking our Waists!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do you know where your food comes from?

It's always smart to have some idea where our food comes from. Click here for a very informative article that was printed several years ago but includes great history and processing information. The article is on one of the easiest and healthiest "fast foods" around: baby carrots. If you eat 'em, you should read this , it will just take a moment (and thankfully there isn't any bad news in this health story).
Have a well week,

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Success Story Update

Shirley, who was featured as our 3rd Success Story here, has maintained her desired weight loss for 17 weeks now with in 2 pounds! Shirley thinks that it is easier to maintain than she had originally expected it to be. She continues to eat 1-2 meal replacements per day so that she has slack for her evening snacks that sometimes include popcorn, wine, and cheese and crackers.

The hardest part about maintaining is fighting the urge to binge at events. She just had her step-daughter's wedding reception at Maggiano's where they had family style service-which Shirley states, "is a killer for anyone". Other than those type of events she is usually satisfied sharing a meal with her husband, see the empty dishes, and be satisfied that she ate food she really wanted.

Shirley's advice for you is to "PLAN, PLAN, PLAN...COOK, COOK, COOK!" Both pieces of advice she claims should be done a week in advance. "Always have food made."

On a daily basis Shirley exercises, records all her foods, and thanks God for all the joys that she now has with her younger grandchildren now.

Since reaching her goal weight she has learned that she doesn't really need a lot of things that she ate before. Now, it's okay to be a little hungry and she mentions that she always had a 'swagger' in her walk and hips, but you just couldn't see it!! She is very excited about her health improvement: At nearly 63 years old, her body and organs are about 56-58 years old according to testing and opinions. Her muscles, strength, flexibility, and balance are all improving. She now has pride in her apperance!

Keep it up Shirley! You have been a pleasure to work with and you look Great!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Farmer's Market

Fall is in the air- crisp air, colorful leaves, and...squash at the Farmer's Market!

Have you "hung out with" a beautiful spaghetti squash in a while? It's not only delicious (and low-calorie), but also a great source of fiber, folic acid, potassium, and vitamin A! You can roast them in the oven, cut and microwave, or even boil your spaghetti squash. Top with tomato sauce, parsley, and Parmesan, or check out this delightful recipe!

Have a well week,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sodium Intake

One of the overlooked but important facets of a healthy and balanced diet is sodium intake. With all the listings and labels, things can get pretty confusing.

Here's a very informative article from the Mayo Clinic that will help to set you straight on your sodium requirements, plus give you some tips on lowering your levels.

Have a well week,

Monday, October 18, 2010

National Conference

Sunday we are headed to the American Dietetic Associations Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston, MA. We are excited to learn about up and coming Food and Nutrition information so we can bring it home and pass it along to you! It's also a chance for us to sample and learn about tons and tons of new food products that will be marketed. Soy, omega-3's, and fiber have been popular in the past couple conferences, so we are excited to see what it's going to be this year.

Thanksgiving Special in Indiana

Wow, can you believe its already nearing the end of Ocotober? That means the Annual Thanksgiving Special is coming soon. Save the date and time for Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:30 pm. The Special event will be hosted in the cafeteria at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, Indiana to accomodate everyone in the program. Ask your health educator for more information or if you have any questions.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Success Story #6

Bonnie's HNT Story

Bonnie was asked by her physician, Dr. Lisa Miller from Northside Family Care in Indianapolis, to write a paragraph regarding Bonnie's experience with HNT. Dr. Miller will be using Bonnie's write-up on her own blog. Here is what she wrote:

"My motivation for starting the HNT program at St. Vincent [Carmel Hospital] was I was tired of the way I looked and taking so many pills. I like the program because you set your own goal. There was never any guilt because you had a misstep; only positive encouragement. I liked the 'coach' and feel here encouragement and positive reinforcement kept me going. After the 20 weeks of 'Foundation' you start 'Practice.' The weekly meetings talking with others in the same boat and making friends that encourage you is definitely a positive feature. The first 20 weeks you learn how to handle stress, know when you are really hungry, count calories, and a new way of cooking that is healthier. I was never a vegetable eater but have learned how to incorporate them into the meals. The main item is the meal replacements. These can be made into shakes, bread, meals, desserts, and even noodles. You are introduced into 'grocery store food' when you reach your goal. I maintain with a combination of meal replacements and grocery store food. The reason it worked for me was the people involved. There are several coaches and among them you can find the one that works for you."

Monday, July 5, 2010

Our Dietetic Intern's Experience

Rachel Hadley is a dietetic intern who completed her 6 week Engagement Rotation at HNT while in the Purdue Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Below is a recap of some of her learning experiences and interesting moments while working at HNT!


"Being a dietetic intern I know the importance of health and weight management not only for myself, but also for my future patients. That's why I was very excited to have been placed at Health and Nutrition Technology (HNT) site for my Engagement Rotation. Let's face it, before this rotation at HNT I did not have a whole lot of experience with weight management, let alone behavior modification. Earlier in the year while doing my clinical rotation in a hospital, patients would often tell me they would like to lose some weight. I would say, 'Great!', and then quickly move the conversation on because I did not feel comfortable addressing it at that time. I now feel very excited about opportunities to discuss health and weight loss with individuals that I often bring it up myself. I owe all my knowledge learned to HNT and their wonderful staff.


The HNT program is really phenomenal when you think about it. The program has all the components that make it so successful: education, meal replacements, and professional and peer accountability. Each part of the program provides an aspect that enables the program and its' clients to be successful.


While working at HNT I learned many things that will help me professionally, but also in my general life as well. I have listed some of my favorite quotes and experiences below:

1. Foundation Class: Someone asked if water and ice tea were the same thing. Sheila answered, "If you take a white shirt and wash it in water what color would it be? If you take a white shirt and wash it in ice tea or diet coke what color would it be? They are not the same thing. Your body needs water." I will forever remember this quote because it made it so clear how important water was. Even though both water and unsweetened ice tea have zero calories, nothing beats the cleaning power of water.

2. Painting the Office Walls: While this does not pertain specifically to dietetics, it is a huge life skill I know I will need at some point. Before this experience I have never really painted a room. As you can imagine I learned a lot, such as to paint in a V. (I was painting straight up and down). I also learned how to properly close the paint can lid when you're done. If you have not come out to the Plainfield office to see it, you should. It looks great!

3. "You're the only person that can change you" is one quote that I have heard Roxanne say many times during class. This one is very important because it puts the decision making responsibility where it should be, on the client. Your Health Educator can tell you everything you need to do, but in the end you are the one who makes the decisions.

4. My favorite quote I heard Christina say is taken right from your notes; "Knowing does not equal doing, but doing equals success!" I love this one because it is so simple but so true!


As a closing note, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped make this experience as wonderful as it was. HNT is a great program because of everyone, the Health Educators, and especially the patients! A special thanks goes out to the Practice Class I taught on Wednesday. Thank you for helping to guide me; you're all great! Best life wishes to everyone I met and worked with while at HNT. Thanks for a great final rotation. I will miss you all!"

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Look for us in July's Indy Metro...

We are in the business showcase for July in the Indy Metro magazine! The business showcase will tell all about our health and weight management program and include a couple snap shots from our in studio photo shoot. Look for it in July at your medical providers office! We had a blast.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HNT Contest Winners

The "What HNT means to me" contest has come to a close. Thank you to all who participated. There were many great statements to choose from which made it a difficult decision for Dr. Schultz and Hannah. Here are the top statements including:

Winner: Paul Larsen, HNT Indiana, Health Educator: Roxanne Standeford. "When I do HNT, I will be able to live the life I choose so that I can experience all that my life was meant to be."

1. Margarita Ferrari, HNT RSP, Health Educator: Tina Graves. "When I do HNT, I will take a journey to a new lifestyle so taht I can travel through life, with one less road block so that I can experience all this world has to offer."

2. Paula Berg, HNT Durango, Health Educator: Carol Mahoney. "When I do HNT, I will succeed because my health is my most important asset so that I can live a healthier, active, and vibrant life."

3. Karen Edwards, HNT Indiana. Health Educator: Sheila Henson. "When I do HNT, I will work at it with all my heart, soul, and mind so that I can break the cycle of obesity and obesity related diseases that are running rampant within my extended family."

4. Betsy Wilkerson, HNT Indiana. Health Educator: Christina Varvel. "When I do HNT, I will keep on doing and learning so that I can be a great role model for my kids."

Again, thanks to those who entered and for the overwhelming response to the contest.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Success Story #5

Bruce and Donna's HNT Story

Bruce and Donna heard about HNT through several friends from their church. Not only did they hear about HNT, but they witnessed their friends' successes through the program! Bruce and Donna thought that they too would join in with their success! Twenty weeks later, Bruce and Donna have met their weight loss goals by losing 42 and 36 pounds, respectively. Now, they both are joining the Practice classes as they continue to practice what they have learned in order to maintain their weight loss and new lifestyle.


Donna has tried a couple weight control programs in the past. However, Donna quotes that "each time I have found success in losing the weight but have regained weight over a period of time. I felt confident with the HNT program that I could lose the weight, but my ultimate goal is to keep the weight off and to establish better eating habits for my future. HNT seemed like a good program with the education it would provide and the [endocrinologist] looking over my progress seemed to be exactly what I was looking for." On the other hand, Bruce "truthfully had not been trying to lose weight" before joining the program. However, he mentions that he had lost weight in 2001 and had gained half of it back. "My weight seemed to creep up a few pounds every year," he comments. Bruce joined HNT as a support for Donna, but knew that he needed to make a change as well. Bruce had been having back pain due to arthritis, and he states that he is "at the age and stage of health that exercising the weight off is not an option like it was when I was younger. I needed a way to be healthy and maintain proper weight when I retire."


Donna stayed committed to HNT because she "liked the immediate results of the program." She has "found the meal replacements easy to prepare and eat" and help her maintain her weight. Bruce thought it was important that he and Donna were able to support and encourage each other throughout the process. Donna also comments on this fact that "working towards a common goal together has made a big difference for both of us." Bruce found that, "HNT has great people to guide you and their support is a big factor in keeping motivated. The weekly meetings are good to keep me focused on the things that I need to do, and having your own coach (dietitian) is really an invaluable asset. It has been a real education on how to be healthy. You don't get many opportunities to gain a new perspective on yourself like this program gives you. It has forever changed the way I treat my body, and all for the good."


When Bruce and Donna started the HNT behavior-modification classes, they realized that "there are so many things that you don't know about...but you can get the answers (and timely help) as you need them." Bruce now "pays a great deal of attention to what I eat now and there are so many small things that I didn't think had that much impact on my health: portion sizes, proper numbers of fruits and veggies, proper water consumption, nutrition and calorie balance, and many others." Donna now "knows exactly how many calories I can consume without weight gain. Plus, if I do put on a pound I have the tools, the knowledge, and the meal replacements to take it right back off!"


20 weeks later and 76 pounds lighter combined, Bruce and Donna physically feel better! Bruce is "much more in tune to what I need to do to keep myself healthy, not to mention that I feel great. People compliment me about looking fit, so it is rewarding in that sense also." Donna does "not have the highs and lows with blood sugar being on the HNT program. I am back to my high school weight, my weight before 4 children; I guess you could say I am back to the real me, finally. Mentally and physically it feels great to be back to me! HNT has helped me maintain one of my lifetime goals!"


Bruce and Donna have made lifestyle changes that have contributed to their success. Bruce is now always conscious of what he eats and the long-term consequences to his choices. He says, "My success is tied to the choices I make." Donna states, "We are working hard to changing our large family traditional meals, (which are loaded with thousands of calories and way too many sweets), towards healthier menus and placing our focus on the family members instead on the food."


Bruce encourages those reading this by saying, "If you want to be in control of your health, this program gives you the foundation for a lifestyle change that will put you in the driver's seat. 'Ultimately it is up to you to be successful' is the epiphany of this change in lifestyle, but the tools that you gain from HNT are going to build the foundation and ensure your success is attained." Donna adds by commenting, "You can have success too if you follow the program. Stick with it and you will be amazed at your results. You will get a lot of support from your Educator. Now is the time for change. You can do it!"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What is Sugar-Free, Calorie-Free, and Fat-Free?

...Walden Farms products. You can check out all the great products they have to help you trim unnecessary calories while having the same great flavors you have been looking for. Carmel dip, marshmallow dip, chocolate syrup, salad dressing varieties, fruit dips, and much more. Some products can even be found at Meijer or Kroger supermarket stores if you look carefully. Most of the products are really great mimics, but be aware of the peanut butter...its not anything anyone I've found likes. For more information, visit http://www.waldenfarms.com/

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for the "What HNT means to me contest..." so make sure your vote counts!

We hope everyone is having a great summer!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Success Story #4

Mike's HNT Story

When approached to share his HNT story for the June Success Story, Mike was excited for the opportunity! He begins by stating that "the program is a life changer." He hopes his story will help others in the journey and that "it is a journey!" So let's take a walk in Mike's shoes on his journey of health and weight management.


Now that Mike is in his 50's and his boys are in college, he found himself not being able to do the fun things that they were doing due to his weight. "I looked into the mirror and knew that this is not the real me. I needed to get the weight off before both my boys were out of college and I missed valuable time with them." Another reason for losing weight was to feel better and prevent further health risks. He was previously on blood pressure medications and knew that if something didn't change now it would not get easier! He also wants to be around to see his grandchildren down the road and enjoy his retirement, "not just survive retirement!"


Mike tried to lose weight for 4 years. He had lost weight on a different program in 2003 but had gained it back in 2 years because he "never knew how to keep it off." He had participated in a meal replacement program before, but HNT increased his interest because of the education included with the meal replacements. Mike states, "I have tried Optifast, Nutrisystem, Adkins, South Beach, and Weight Watches over the years, losing weight with all of them but putting it back on again. He includes, "anyone can lose weight with meal replacements...but the key to long-term success is the education component that teaches you why you are overweight, how to lose weight, and most importantly, how to keep it off for life. I have found no other program that provides education and then on-going support and on-going education like HNT."


Mike joined HNT at the end of September of 2009. 34 weeks later, he has lost a total of 55 pounds! His goal is to lose 60 pounds, so he's only 5 pounds away! Mike has discontinued his use of medication, saving him $160 per month, and he feels 100% better. "I look better, feel better, and my self esteem and attitude is better. My staff at my office has repeatedly said that I look great...and that I seem so much happier and am more fun to be around and to work with."


Throughout this journey, Mike has learned and implemented many skills and strategies to contribute towards his success. He has learned calories in food, what he needs to eat, and how much to eat to lose or maintain his weight. Mike says, "I learned that it was a pretty simple formula that works well...calories in and calories out." He applies this formula into his daily life, and feels that this is the key to the HNT program; "teaching and supporting [the participants] as [they] integrate weight loss and long-term weight management into daily life." Mike is accountable to what he eats and how much physical activity he does by keeping records. Physical activity has become a daily part of his morning routine. "I have made them just a part of my life now. I have learned that if I don't keep track of what I eat, then I will overeat."


Mike has greatly enjoyed his classmates and weekly time with them. He says, "dieting is never fun but my class makes it something I look forward to. I am in Practice class now and there are people in my class that have lost 100 pounds plus, and the key is they have kept it off for several years, and they still come to class and still follow the principles taught to us in class." He contributes his success to the support and encouragement from his classmates and Health Educators.


Mike finishes by encouraging those reading to "just get started and do it! Everyone says, 'I am going to start tomorrow,' yet tomorrow never seems to arrive. Join HNT and they will support you and guide you through the process. The support of HNT and the educators and your fellow classmates that are all going through the same issues with you, make the process much easier. HNT teaches you to integrate weight loss and weight control into your lifestyle, so your life while different is not worse, just different, and the payoff is well worth the effort!"


"I am happier, healthier, have more money (less prescriptions), and am looking at life from a better perspective. Life is short. I don't want to waste a single day carrying 50 pounds of extra weight!"

Mike Before HNT

Mike NOW!!!

(Photos courtesy of Mike, Noblesville, IN)