Health Team

Program helps people lose weight, eat right

Posted February 11, 2010 5:34 p.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2010 6:18 p.m. EST

— Twelve weeks ago, Pam Frazier started on a healthier lifestyle through Duke Raleigh Hospital’s health and wellness center's Lose to Live program.

For $240, the program offers to help people lose one pound a week.

Registered dietitian Dena Lowry helped teach Frazier how to change her eating habits. Frazier also began what she hoped would become an exercise habit.

Recently, Frazier finished the program.

“I’m also healthier in general. I feel better,” she said. “I'm more flexible, have more energy.

Every morning, Frazier begins with a high-fiber breakfast.

Lunch is often a low-calorie wrap, leftover from the previous night’s dinner.

Frazier also aims to consume five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables throughout the day.

Portion control is also important. Frazier is eating smaller portions and using items like butter substitute and other seasoning on items like baked potatoes.

“I'm much more aware of when I'm hungry now. I don't just eat to be eating. I eat when I'm hungry,” she said.

Though she didn’t quite lose the 10 pounds she wanted to lose in the 12-week program, Frazier said she is happy.

“This is a life long commitment. This is what I want to do to stay healthy as I age,” she said.

The “Lose to Live” program handles up to 12 patients at a time, and there is a waiting list.