Useful Information for Better Health from the Western Maryland Health System

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Upcoming Change to Win and New Change to Win Support Group

The next Change to Win session begins on Tuesday, January 10th at 12 noon or 4:30 pm or Wednesday, January 11th at 4:30 pm. This 12-week nutrition and weight loss program focuses on creating healthy habits, not on restrictions. Taught by a team including a registered dietitian nutritionist, and certified health and wellness coaches and certified personal trainers, the program uses a non-diet approach that helps participants eat well, lose weight and keep it off.  There are no special foods or pills to buy, instead, this program teaches practical skills to last a lifetime.

This approach yields great results. During 2016, 72 participants lost a collective 827 pounds! Some lost 40-75 pounds while participating in multiple sessions over the past year, and even after achieving their weight loss goals, continue to participate in order to help maintain their healthy weight. Some have lost as much as 100 pounds over the course of a couple years. And weight loss isn’t the only benefit. Many report other positive health changes including:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower blood sugars
  • Lower Hemoglobin A1C levels
  • Lower total and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Decreases in waist circumference
  • Less knee and joint pain
  • Improved energy
  • Improved physical exercise skills
  • Improved mood
  • Decreasing or discontinuing medications, as ordered by PCPs  or specialists

All this and the cost cannot be beat! Participants pay $10 for the Real Solutions Workbook (published by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and $50 for the program.  Since we know that money is a great incentive, participants can earn $50 back by attending 9 of the 12 sessions and losing 10 pounds in 12 weeks or having a BMI below the obese range. If one loses 5 pounds in the 12 weeks, $25 is earned back. 

Some of the topics covered in the 30-45 minute sessions include nutrition basics, habits of people who have lost weight successfully and kept it off, goal setting, label reading, grocery shopping, food and exercise logs, fiber, portion control, mindful eating, dining out, exercise, emotional eating and stress management.

Change to Win Support Group

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new Change to Win Support Group to better meet the needs of participants who have already taken the Change to Win program in the past. The Change to Win Support Group will meet on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm beginning on January 11th. 

For now, we are planning an open forum discussion group, but the group will decide on the future direction.

To register for either the Change to Win program or support group, call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, FAND, Outpatient Community Dietitian and Change to Win instructor, at 240-964-8416 or email

Wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy, happy 2017!

Click here for more information on Change to Win.