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Spotlight on Weight Loss Success

dianne_200Few could argue that affecting positive change in yourself leads to a happier and more rewarding work and home life. The Augsburg College Wellness Program, formed last fall, gives faculty and staff a healthy “shot in the arm” by  promoting initiatives to help increase physical and spiritual wellness among its workforce.

One of those initiatives, a Weight Watchers at Work program, has proven to be successful for faculty, staff, and students alike. Since the series began last spring,  approximately 20 members have lost nearly 340 pounds.

Dianne Detloff, Center for Counseling and Health Promotion, has lost 37.8 pounds since starting Weight Watchers last spring.  Her decision to join Weight Watchers was because she wanted a convenient way to follow-through on her commitment to lose weight. However, Dianne cites a difference reason to continue with the program, “I keep coming because it has worked for me, and because the leader is awesome and the people in the group are incredibly supportive each and every week.  I also get ideas and information and feel myself becoming more confident as the weeks continue.” Read Dianne’s full testimonial

sheila_200Sheila Anderson, Academic Advising, is another member of our community who joined Weight Watchers, and has been an inspiration for other members with her determination and amazing progress. She credits the support of other Weight Watchers members for her continued success. “I don’t think we’d see the same successes if each member went to individual meetings.  We have a great group of interesting, funny, engaging faculty, staff, and students who participate.  Our leader has a great sense of humor and is very supportive.  At the same time, she’s also realistic and keeps us on task. I don’t think anyone in the group would say this is easy.  We all have our good weeks or months and bad weeks or months, but it’s helpful and encouraging to know that you’re not alone when times are rough.” Read Sheila’s full testimonial

Inspired by these Weight Watchers members? Ready to tackle the holiday season with a support group? A new series of Weight Watchers begins on Friday, Nov. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Century Room. Contact Cherie Christ at with questions.

Interested in being a part of the Augsburg Wellness Committee

or to learn more about the Wellness Program initiatives? Contact

Human Resources at 612-330-1058.

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