CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — There are plenty of ways to diet, but fewer ways to lose weight and keep it off. Eight years ago, WRAL and Health Team nutritionist Lynn Hoggard published a cookbook called "Never Diet Again." Everyday recipes are still helping people accomplish healthy goals.
When the school day ends at Ephesus Elementary School in Chapel Hill, Joann Irrgang's classroom is transformed. Twenty-seven teachers and staff members are on a mission to lose weight and eat healthier.
"We want to be able to watch our families grow and it's something that's really important to us," administrative assistant Melissa Doeberl said. "It's not all about weight loss. It's about being healthy."
After working up an appetite, members eat recipes from Hoggard's "Never Diet Again" cookbook. Group members said they take the title seriously.
"We don't say diet. We just say that we're eating better," teacher Letitia Davison said.
Members are eating the same kind of food they have always eaten. They are also learning good good nutrition and good taste can fit on the same plate.
"This is how I get a meal on the table for my family that they will enjoy, that they will eat and that's good for them," Hoggard said.
The group has lost 170 pounds so far. They said the easy recipes will help them keep the weight off. For more information about Lynn Hoggard's recipes, check out