For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 1999

Wellness programs promote health
for severely overweight women

DAYTON, OHIO ­- "Isn't She Lovely: A Wellness Program For Women with Fuller Figures" will be presented as a free introductory workshop on September 2 and as a 12-week series of classes beginning September 13 in East Dayton.

"Isn't She Lovely" promotes the health and wellbeing of obese women by encouraging lifestyle behavior changes in the areas of physical fitness, weight control, healthy eating, stress management, psychological/spiritual support and effective ways to communicate needs and concerns to healthcare providers.

FREE WORKSHOP: "Isn't She Lovely" will be presented as an introductory workshop on Thursday, September 2, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Volunteers of America Community Center, 260 E. Fourth St. in Dayton. Free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure will be provided beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The workshop is free; advance registration is not necessary. For more information, call 775-1103.

The workshop is funded by the Women's Health Section of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Ohio Department of Health, in observance of Women's Health Month.

12-WEEK CLASS: Beginning September 13, "Isn't She Lovely" classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30­8:30 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 101 Huffman Avenue, Dayton. Classes run through December 8. Pre-registration is necessary. Cost for the 12-week program is $60.00; partial scholarships and individualized payment plans are available. To register, or for more information, call 775-1103.

Women who attend this program will be encouraged to participate in 30 minutes of low impact aerobic exercises (including chair aerobics), which will be held during each class session."We use creative, interactive teaching methods that enable obese women to explore the emotional aspects of overeating as well as the physical and psychological impact of obesity on health," explains Joy Burgess, community health relations director for the Alliance for Research in Community Health (ARCH) at Wright State University School of Medicine. "We emphasize realistic goal-setting and making lifestyle behavior changes such as healthy eating, exercise, stress management needed to promote weight control, health and wellbeing," Burgess says.

"Isn't She Lovely" is sponsored by ARCH, the Center for Healthy Communities, the East Dayton Health Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, the Volunteers of America Community Center, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.