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June 11, 2013

Wood-Mizer cuts weight

HRH program helps company get healthier

The Hendricks Regional Health (HRH) Fresh Start Challenge at its core is designed to give a company the resources it needs to accomplish its overall goal of having a healthier workforce.

Recently, representatives from HRH were able to tailor the program specifically for Wood-Mizer, 8180 West 10th St., Indianapolis.

“Our director … decided to do some kind of weight management, weight loss program at the beginning of the year,” said Brenda Moeckly, registered dietician at HRH. “‘The Biggest Loser’ style is kind of how it started, but we kind of wanted to tailor is toward Wood-Mizer’s needs and wants.”

Moeckly said the 16-week program started in January and featured many components.

“We did weekly weigh-ins to provide that accountability,” she said. “We started off with lab draws and did all the blood work so that we could track from the beginning to the end.”

She said she would visit Wood-Mizer every Tuesday with her “team,” which usually included Exercise Physiologist Emily Sample to track how the employees were doing.

“I’d have information on nutrition and something different every week,” she said. “(Sample) would have some new exercises or stretches, different things like that, to provide hands-on, or at least something to take away for everybody. We answered questions that everybody had about nutrition or exercise. Sometimes, one of the wellness nurses would come with us too for any questions on health conditions or medications.”

She said the weekly visits allowed the employees to get a well-rounded approach to their health.

“Every week we were doing the weigh-ins and that’s what we were measuring, because it was the easiest,” Moeckly said. “But by doing the variety of measurements at the beginning and end, and then (we were) just talking each week as far as what healthy changes each week they had made in their diet and exercise. So you can focus on the increased energy and just the healthier feeling from the lifestyle changes that it’s more than just the number on the scale. We’re hitting it from every angle.”

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