Community center offers CLOCKS class starting Jan. 23

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Eureka Springs Community Center is offering a 12-week class on weight management skills beginning Jan. 23.

Activity director Catherine Luna said the program provides assistance to those who want to lose weight and develop lifelong weight management skills by offering private counseling with measurement tracking, a free pedometer and a course information binder. The class will take place every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., scheduled from Jan. 23 to April 17.

"It's more about a lifestyle change in general and weight loss being a component of that," Luna said. "What this study is emphasizing is it's not a sustainable goal to lose weight. It's more a lifestyle change."

Luna said she's excited to work with Evelene Bible, who brought the idea for the program to the community center. Bible, who is working on her doctoral degree, said the program will help participants learn how to eat healthy and sustain their lifestyle change.

"You should expect to get 12 weeks of all kinds of topics, such as how to eat healthy, how to read a food level, how to transform your favorite recipes into something that's healthy and the mental aspects of eating," Bible said.

She said she's bringing on several professionals to help with the program, including nurse practitioners, a diabetic educator and fitness experts. Luna said the community center worked with Bible to pull together a group of experts for the program. It's been a successful partnership so far, Bible said.

"I've been doing clinicals at the Eureka Springs Family Medical Clinic as a nurse practitioner," Bible said. "When I originally developed the program, I had meant it to be in a clinic. They didn't really have the space, so I thought, 'Where's the next best place to go?' Somebody put me in touch with [Luna] and it went from there."

The reason she's so passionate about this program, Bible said, is because her mother died at 56 of obesity-related complications.

"She had an amputation. She had diabetes. She had a heart problem," Bible said. "In the past few years, I've lost 95 pounds, so I know how to do it. I'm not where I'd like to be, and I'm hoping this class will also give me some accountability."

Though the class is free, Bible said there are limited spots and participants must meet certain criteria. She said those who take the class must have a BMI equal to or greater than 30, be over 18 years old, have no history of a heart attack or congestive heart failure and can't be pregnant.

"If they meet the qualifications, they can join," Bible said. "We have 15 spots, with 10 filled so far."

Luna said this isnít the only activity the community center is offering this year.

"We have hand drumming and acting classes, all kinds of fitness and yoga classes and other activities and workshops," Luna said. "We're continuing to grow. It's an exciting time for the community to come in and see what we're doing."

For more information on the CLOCKS program, call 479-239-0029 or 479-253-8754 or visit www.EurekaSpringsCommunityCcenter.org.

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