Healthy for Life

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Healthy for Life

1796704_720105628000011_508670383_nThe first Healthy for Life class at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton had nearly 200 people dancing, laughing and learning new ways to make healthy lifestyle changes. A part of the Get Healthy West Georgia initiative led by Tanner Health System and the Community Foundation of West Georgia, the series of eight classes will offer education and support for area residents looking to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Nicole and Robbie Rainey of Tallapoosa shared their inspiring weight loss story with the first class, and Tanner’s registered dietitian Melissa Brillhart presented tips for making realistic goals a part of one’s weight loss game plan. The grand finale was a lively group dance routine to the Bee Gees tune “Stayin’ Alive.”

This week’s Healthy for Life class will focus on strategies for maximizing nutrition while minimizing calorie intake. Attendees will learn how to combat “portion distortion,” ways to “rethink your drink” and tips for eating healthy while dining out.

pizza portionThe class will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton in Classroom 2 of the Health Education and Wellness Learning Center.

Game-show style activities will help participants learn about the hidden sugars, fats and empty calories lurking in their favorite foods and drinks.

Carrollton resident Phyllis Head will also share her story of losing more than 80 pounds and how she has maintained the weight loss for several years.

Get Healthy West Georgia is a three-year initiative developed to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties. Led by Tanner Health System, Get Healthy West Georgia is made possible by an initial grant from the Community Foundation of West Georgia and support from additional sponsors. It is also made possible through support from Get Healthy, Live Well, a community transformation grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A complete schedule of upcoming Healthy for Life classes is available at If you did not attend the first class and have not already registered for the series, call 770.214.CARE to register.

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