Success Stories

Patrons of Weight Loss Solutions, The Healthy Weigh, and Fitness Plus share personal accounts of their weight loss struggles and successes.

Wendy Mikel

Wendy Mikel’s Weight Loss Journey

Wendy Mikel is experiencing a lot of new “firsts” after losing 139 pounds following gastric bypass surgery nearly two years ago. “I had never been able to do that before!” Wendy Mikel said about sitting on her feet with her knees on the floor. Her battle with weight started in high school when she gained […]


Evan

Meet Evan

Evan has always thought he was put on this earth to be in public safety and help others. However, when his weight began causing a variety of health issues and limiting the amount of help he could offer, he knew it was time to make a big change. At his initial consultation, the Weight Loss […]


Brooke

Meet Brooke

Brooke wanted to find out more about weight-loss surgery after being turned away from a roller coaster at Six Flags because she was too heavy to ride it two summers ago. For a long time, she had known that she was eating herself into an early grave and living a very unhealthy life — and […]


Maria

Meet Maria

Having bariatric surgery was a big decision for Maria. It took her nearly a year to do all the research and get comfortable with the idea. After consultations with Dr. LeGrand, she finally made the decision to go for it because of his compassion and genuine interest in improving his patients’ health. Since having the […]


Fitness Plus Training Programs Help Joel Clendenin Become a Better Athlete

Joel Clendenin, 16, a three-sport athlete at Chester High School in Chester, Ill., has found the secret to athletic glory: Fitness Plus’ Sport Training programs. Seeking to improve his speed, agility and explosiveness, this football, basketball and track star signed up for two 6-week sessions of the customized training program. Almost immediately, the hour-long workouts […]


Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson Loses 165 Pounds with the Help of Fitness Plus

Jenny Nelson, 48, loves to exercise, and it shows. Since resolving to make the most of her Fitness Plus membership about a year ago, she has lost 165 pounds through spinning, swimming and running nearly every day. She wasn’t always so dedicated, however. “For about five years, I went to the gym, but I never […]


Laura

Laura’s Weight Loss Success

After a major wake-up call with her health, Laura decided to join The Healthy Weigh in June 2017. Since that time, she has cut all her medications in half, gone down approximately 18 inches on her waist, lost about 100 pounds and is now working on maintaining her weight loss. She has less anxiety, and even […]


Joseph McClarty

The Healthy Weigh Community Provides Support

For Joseph McClarty, weight loss has been all about community. He had tried many times to shed weight on his own, but it was not until he started The Healthy Weigh at Saint Francis Healthcare System and joined the support group that he saw lasting results. The Healthy Weigh is a weight loss program which […]


Ashley and Teri Welker

Mother and Daughter Lose Weight Together

When Teri Welker read an article in the paper about a teacher who lost weight through Saint Francis Healthcare System’s The Healthy Weigh, it was a lightbulb moment for her. Her daughter, Ashley, recently told her she needed to find a good program to lose weight, and Teri thought The Healthy Weigh would fit the […]


Donna Ozark

Donna Ozark and The Healthy Weigh

Donna Ozark of Perryville, Mo., joined The Healthy Weigh in December of 2016! In just 10 months, she lost 118 pounds and is now maintaining her weight loss. “I was miserable about my size and worried about my health before I joined The Healthy Weigh,” recalls Ozark. “I was tired and had absolutely no energy.” […]


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