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Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:30 am | Updated: 8:25 am, Wed Dec 11, 2013.

Mercy is offering a healthy lifestyle program for people who want to improve their health in 2014.

“Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to eat better, manage stress and lose weight. They’re all great resolutions, but without the proper commitment, knowledge and support, they’re less likely to succeed,” said Cindy Martin, a registered dietician with Mercy Clinic Diabetes and Nutrition Center.

Mercy has designed a program that helps people succeed. “Healthy Ever After” is a 12-month healthy lifestyle program that teaches participants how to lose weight and maintain their weight loss.

“We talk about why people gain weight and show them healthier ways. As participants incorporate these healthier habits in their own lives, they start seeing results,” said Martin.

Participants receive an individual nutritional assessment by a registered, licensed dietitian and a fitness assessment by a physical therapist prior to starting the class. They receive information on healthy eating, portion sizes, nutrition labels, increasing activity and exercise, behavior change, dining out and more.

The most recent Healthy Ever After class was a group of 10 individuals who lost a combined 264.4 pounds in the first 16 weeks of the program. The weight loss prompted other health benefits for group members including better sleep, no more snoring, better-controlled diabetes and family members who were encouraged to lose weight.

“We welcome people with New Year’s resolutions into our next Healthy Ever After program. We’ll offer the support and knowledge to help you in your commitment to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Martin.

The next Healthy Ever After session begins Jan. 22. The group meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Francis conference room at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington. It meets weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for eight months.

Healthy Ever After is open to the community. It costs $350. Mercy Clinic primary care physicians can offer patients a $50 discount.

For more information, or to register, call Mercy Hospital Washington, 636-239-8004.

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