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My Story, Janis Gosewehr

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“If you have struggled in the past, this is the program for you.”

Have you ever experienced something so helpful that you just had to share the news? That’s exactly how Janis Gosewehr feels about the Center for Healthy Living weight management program.

“I’ve benefited from the wellness class and the health coach to the point that I need to inform others,” says Janis, an employee in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Offered at numerous times throughout the year, the 12-week weight management program meets once a week for about 45-50 minutes. “The program focuses on being healthy, not the number on the scale,” says Janis.

Suzanne Rossiter, an RN health coach at the center, led the program, which brought attention to what Janis calls “the important numbers,” including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels and energy.

“It’s not a diet. It’s about changing habits and feeling better about yourself,” Janis says. During the program, Rossiter provided ideas and suggested goals, and Janis and the other participants tried them out to see if they fit into their lifestyles.

“We’ve all heard what we need to do to be healthier,” she says. “This program helps guide you to find what works and doesn’t work for your lifestyle.”

Janis found the program to be a very positive approach to becoming healthier. “You don’t feel like a failure. If something you tried didn’t work for you, then analyze the situation and figure out what works better for you,” she says.

As a complement to Rossiter’s contributions, the center's other health coaches, the pharmacist and the EAP counselor provided insightful information on interesting topics. “For example, the pharmacist discussed popular weight loss and health improvement products and the published results of individuals who tried them,” says Janis.

Through the program, Janis has lost weight and gained energy. “I have a ways to go to reach my ultimate healthy goal, but with my health coach, I really know I can do this,” she reports. “Once I reach my goal, I still can meet with my health coach to make sure I maintain my goal.”

Prompted to join the weight management program because of her doctor’s concern over her cholesterol level, Janis has reaped the benefits. “I am so happy that I participated in this program,” she says. “If you have struggled in the past, this is the program for you. It’s designed specifically for you and your lifestyle.”

To find upcoming start dates for the program, go to the Center for Healthy Living Workshops. To register for the program, call 49-45505.

One-on-one health coaching for weight management is also available through the center. Call 49-40111 to make an appointment with an RN health coach.

Both the group weight management program and individual health coaching are offered free of charge to benefits-eligible Purdue employees. Family members covered on a Purdue medical plan may also use the services without charge. 

“The Center for Healthy Living weight management program is the best I’ve tried, by far,” says Janis. “It’s been life-changing for me.”

Janis Gosewehr is a secretary for the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

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