Thanks in part to a Project Diabetes grant obtained by the city from the Tennessee Health Department, local residents who wish to lose weight and/or manage or prevent diabetes will have access to a number of free classes, gym memberships and medical services over the next three years.
According to City of Tullahoma Community Coordinator Winston Brooks, individuals and families may sign up for a variety of programs.
“The free classes and services are limited to a total of 75 people,” Brooks said, “and classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 3, so interested parties are urged to sign up as soon as possible.”
Anyone interested in signing up for the classes may do so by visiting the city of Tullahoma website at www.tullahomatn.gov/get-fit or by calling 931-247-1574.
“These programs are designed to help you get fit and provide a better understanding of a healthy lifestyle through eating, cooking, exercise and more, so that you can find your optimal health,” Brooks said.
Participants will receive a three-month gym membership at their choice of Curves, Harvey’s Gym, or Snap Fitness, and results of the blood work and other vital signs will be tracked and published by the David Lipscomb University School of Pharmacy.
“The classes will require active participation, goal setting, and commitment,” Brooks said, “but like most things in life, the more you put into it, the more you’ll benefit.”
Lose to Win
“Lose to Win” with Joe McKamey is a weight loss class and contest that features prizes, team building, motivational speakers and more.
McKamey said he struggled for years with his weight but has now found a successful method that he will share during this program that consists of 10 weekly, one-hour sessions.
Registration for Lose to Win classes that begin Wednesday is full, but it will be offered again in January, according to Brooks.
Get Fit! Youth
Also as part of the program, Julie Cottrell, a registered dietitian and certified diabetic educator, will be teaching youth under 16 about the importance of diet and exercise.
This class is held at the same time and location as Lose to Win so that families attending together may choose from both, according to Brooks.
One Fit! Counseling
Tullahoma pharmacist Jan Taylor will provide a full year of monthly diabetic counseling for those who sign up.
Sessions will be held at the Tullahoma Drug Store at 100 Westside Drive. Jan will provide individualized counseling sessions to help each participant learn how to manage diabetes through a variety of strategies.
Living Well with Diabetes classes
This is a special class offered at C.D. Stamps Community Center in Tullahoma for people with diabetes and/or their family members. Topics covered will include impacts, problems and concerns that diabetes has on life, and the class will provide a guide for participants to become active managers of their diabetes.
Instructors include Teresa Myers of Partners for Healing, Merrill Meadows and Katie McMinn.
For more information about the benefits of these classes or to get enrolled, contact Winston Brooks at 931-247-1574, visit http://www.tullahomatn.gov/get-fit.
The city will spent $150,000 per year for the next three years on the program, with the largest portion of the grant money going to build walking tracks at the city’s elementary schools, according to Brooks.
Designing of the tracks will begin this fall, with the city’s public works department contributing in-kind matching funds.