In February The Tennessean featured The New Beginnings Center's program in their article about prevention as the best cure for heart disease. We've included a little snippet below - but for the full article go here!
"Today the New Beginnings Center provides low-income women with the education, coaching and accountability they need to be successful. Every three months, 40 women begin a 12-week coaching program that is modeled on behavior change — not a temporary diet. And for women with a household income of 150 percent or less of the low-income limits determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, all costs are covered.
Participants meet two to three times a week to learn about nutrition basics; they participate in a workout that is individualized and designed to meet each attendee at her current fitness level; and they also go through various life coaching exercises. “We do vision boards and personal mission statements, and we discuss things like how to handle stress,” says Weddle.
Weddle says that, on average, participants achieve 7 percent weight loss in the first 12 weeks of the program (those who attend regularly for 12 weeks have the option of continuing to attend classes and work out for the remainder of the year), and 50 percent of the women eliminate or decrease their medication dosages. Blood pressure meds are usually the first to go."