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Channel 4 "Program Provides Free Help for Severely Obese"

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Obesity of over 300# causes many hardships for people and is not easy to overcome.

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SW Boulevard Family Health Care’s Fit-For-Life program has expanded from a simple support group to a full service gym with personal trainers and multiple classes to meet a variety of exercise and support needs.

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Our project for seriously overweight adults, Big Changes, is for people with extreme weight problems who are willing to commit to a long-term plan for healthy weight loss through exercise and diet. This concept is spear-headed by the Founder and Director of the Fit-for-Life program, Priscilla Allen. She has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for people who are serious about helping themselves slim down.

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Big Changes is a special program for people with BMI's of >39 (usually over 300 pounds) and who are willing to make a commitment to changing their lives.

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We have real answers for those who have serious weight issues. Family Health Care's staff helps people move from a size 32 to a 16. 
Using tools and motivation brought together by personal trainers Pris, Pat, and Hayley; Family Health Care helps people change their lives.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Priscilla Allen hit bottom in January, 2003. She moved in with her parents after giving up on an 11-year relationship. She had been trying to eat her way out of her depression, and at 5 feet 6 inches tall, she topped the scales at 212 pounds.

She watched as family members she loved succumbed to secondary effects of obesity; diabetes and heart disease. Then, she decided to make some big changes.

With the support of Family Health Care staff, she began by paying more attention to her diet. She dropped over 80 pounds and 43 inches in a little more than a year and has kept it off for nine years.

Now she’s a personal at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, overseeing the Big Changes program.

Her number one word to motivate clients is consistency.

“In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word consistent is defined as continuing to happen or develop in the same way,” explained Allen. “Even if the scales are not moving, your body and mind are still growing in the right direction because of the consistency in exercise. Our bodies start to decay when we stop moving and/or working.”

She said that consistency is in exercise, nutrition and everyday function.

“Keeping a diet of healthier choices will keep our weight at a normal level,” she said. “If we continue to eat junk, then it will consistently increase our weight. I’m not talking rocket science here, but basic knowledge.”

The Big Changes program at Southwest Boulevard Family Fitness Center has five slots for people who need to lose in excess of 100 pounds. To find out more about the Big Changes program, visit Southwest Boulevard Family Care website, http://www.swbfhc.org / or call 813-722-3100.



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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Adam Bounds, of Kansas City, Kan., freely admitted that fear made him decide to lose weight. He was 503 pounds, and his health was failing.

Bounds enrolled in the Big Changes program at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Clinic and Fitness Center, and now he’s 100 pounds lighter and still losing weight.

Bounds remembers the sobering doctor’s appointment in 2011.

“I saw the expression on my mother’s face when doctors told me I was in a life or death situation,” Bounds said.

“I didn’t want to put her through that pain; so I knew I had to lose weight,” Bounds explained.

He found help at the Big Changes program. At least three times a week, he goes to the Fitness Center to exercise and attend nutrition classes.

In about one year, Bounds went from 503 pounds to 440 pounds. That’s a 63 pound loss.

“When I first started, I couldn’t walk from here to my car,” he said. “Now I can do 30 to 35 minutes on the treadmill and I’ve lost a couple of shirt sizes.”

Bounds said he sleeps better, breaths better and feels better. He still has a long road ahead. His first goal is to slim-down to 350 pounds, and then he plans to set a new weight loss goal.

Bounds admitted that he has setbacks but he is committed to losing the weight.

“I’ve eaten more chicken this last year than I have in my life,” he said with a smile.

He’s also learned to eat more vegetables and reduce the size of his portions.

“I’ll still eat cookies; but I’ll only eat two instead of the whole package,” he explained.

He said he is grateful to the Big Changes program at SBFHCC, and now he wants to inspire other extremely overweight people to lose weight.

“Some people don’t want to get started because they feel they’re too big, their ankles won’t hold-up and their back won’t hold-up.

Bounds said slow and steady is the way to go.

“You don’t start by running a marathon,” Bounds said.



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Class is limited to 32 individuals at a time. Graduates may qualify for maintenance sessions.


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