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Peterson Space Observer

BBBL class teaches weight management skills

By Lea Johnson

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — For those interested in losing weight, managing their weight, or just how to live a healthier life, the Health and Wellness Center at Peterson Air Force Base is offering a new weekly class.

The Air Force Medical Operations Agency created The Better Body Better Life program, and Peterson AFB is on the ground floor of launching the program to base users. The first BBBL class was Aug. 1.

Jessica Kovarik, HAWC dietitian, said to complete the class, participants must attend each of the five modules, which are taught on a rotating basis every Wednesday at 2 p.m.

“Each session, we are going to focus on a nutrition topic, behavior modification and exercise. They’re spread out through five different classes so that we can go in depth in each class,” Kovarik said.

Topics will include portion sizes, good carbohydrates, and how to overcome barriers in life that may be holding them back, to name a few.

The class is set up to encourage participation. There are hands-on activities and the opportunity to share personal struggles and triumphs.

During each class, participants will create a SMART goal based on that week’s topic. Kovarik said SMART stands for, “Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. This helps them stay on track toward that (ultimate) goal.”

To further help participants track their progress, starting weight and abdominal circumference are measured and documented during the first class. Once participants complete all five modules, their final weight and abdominal circumference will be taken.

Participants can start the classes any time, and the modules don’t need to be taken in any particular order. “People can also come to as many classes as they want. They can go through the five sessions and come back,” Kovarik added.

In addition, after completing the five modules, participants can meet with one of the class facilitators to fine-tune what they may still need help with. “I don’t want people to think, ‘Five weeks, and then I’m on my own,’” she said.

The class is available to active duty members and their dependents. For more information, call 556-4292. To sign up for the class, log into a base computer and visit https://halfway.peterson.af.mil/hawc/pha/cfupdate.cfm.

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