Losing weight is easier when you have a friend sharing the journey with you. June Dunning and Mary Ellen Mohundro have been supporting each other since March, when they both joined Saint Francis Medical Center’s The Healthy Weigh on the same day.
The Healthy Weigh is a weight-loss program that teaches participants how to lose weight safely through meal replacements such as entrees, shakes and nutritious bars. Both Dunning and Mohundro had not been able to lose weight through other programs, so they decided to try The Healthy Weigh.
“I thought, if I cannot lose weight through this program, I am never going to be able to lose it,” says Dunning, 69, who lives outside Gordonville. “The first night I went to class, Mary Ellen was there. We shared our stories and our problems. If we had a challenging week, we were there to support or encourage each other.”
In the program, participants attend meetings led by dieticians at Saint Francis once a week to discuss lifestyle and behavioral changes. “Our health educators help them plan for the next week,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, HFS, manager of health and wellness at Saint Francis. “They also talk with participants about how they will be incorporating physical activity into their week.”
Both Dunning and Mohundro have found tremendous success with The Health Weigh. Dunning has lost about 35 pounds, and Mohundro has lost 53 pounds. “It worked like a charm,” says Mohundro. “I have encouraged as many people as I can to try The Healthy Weigh.”
And their friendship has thrived. “Mary Ellen has been a big support,” says Dunning. “Seeing each other doing well has been a motivator for both of us.”