Journey to a Healthier You is a free, 12-week program to help people of Waldo County lose weight gradually and keep it off. Coordinated by Hester Kohl (Certified Health & Wellness Coach) and Mirja Pitkin (Certified Personal Trainer), the program uses elements from the “Integrative Weight Loss” session at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and the Wellness Mapping 360 program. Our goal is to provide the education and group support necessary to start a long-term weight-loss journey and lifestyle change. Applicants must have a Body Mass Index (BMI)* over 35 and obtain prior approval from a doctor before participating. This program is for people who can commit to attending 12 weekly group meetings and making significant changes in their lifestyles including food choices and exercise habits. After taking our 12 week program, we encourage graduates to stay connected in programs such as our Move it to Lose it exercise class and our bi-weekly support group led by past participants.
In 12 weekly group meetings, you will:
Outside of weekly meetings, you will:
If you don’t qualify for our program, or want to start before our next program begins, click here for a list of additional weight loss resources near Belfast.
Winter 2014 session: Wednesdays in Belfast, 5 – 7 pm, February 5-April 23
When is the deadline to apply? Friday, Dec. 20. To apply you must submit an interest form (at the bottom of this page) no later than Friday, Dec. 20.
I submitted an interest form. When will I be contacted? We will email you some interview questions. Please return these as soon as you can, no later than Friday, Jan. 3.
I submitted an interest form. When will I know if I am accepted? Our staff will review the applications and notify everyone by Friday, Jan. 10.
If I am accepted, what else will I need to do? Accepted applicants will be emailed a provider referral form which you will need to give to your provider and return to us by Friday, Jan. 24. If it has been a long time since you’ve seen your doctor, he/she may want to see you before approving your participation. If you do not currently have a doctor, we can arrange for a pre-screening visit with a provider at WCGH.
Space is limited to 14 participants. If you wish to apply, please complete the interest form below no later than the application deadline listed above. For any questions about this program, please contact Hester Kohl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 930-2514.
* BMI (body mass index) is a height-to-weight ratio. Because program participants must have a BMI over 35, we encourage you to use the calculator below to determine your BMI for the program application. Click here to learn more about BMI for adults.