Healthy journey concludes

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Daily News staff members lose more than 100 lbs

AMHERST - Four Daily News staffers have shed more than 100 lbs., and donated that much and more in food to the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

Healthy journey concludes

AMHERST - Four Daily News staffers have shed more than 100 lbs., and donated that much and more in food to the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

Susan Coish, Sharon Robinson, Andrew Wagstaff and Roger White lost more than 103 lbs. in a six-month journey of lifestyle change with local clinic Simply For Life. As part of the experience, staff and customers donated food, as did Simply For Life staff, to match the amount of weight lost in non-perishable items for the food bank.

Food bank chairman Charlotte Ross accepted the donations at a wrap-up meeting of the group at Simply For Life yesterday.

"Summertime is a real opportune time for this, because donations are lower at this time of year," said Ross. "This is a big boost for us."

A big boost is something the four participants got out of the experience as well. All said they feel great after developing better eating habits and losing weight.

But it is also a bittersweet time, as they will miss their weekly consultations at the clinic. Some are even planning on continuing with the program.

"It's been a really good learning experience for me and the kids," said Robinson. "I learned a lot about what the right foods are to buy, when to be eating, and a lot of little tricks like what to look for on the labels."

For White, who has lost 50 lbs. in the process, it was interesting to go through the experience under the watchful eye of the reading public. He said he hoped it helped raise awareness about healthy eating and exercise.

"One thing I liked about the whole process is that it's not a diet or a contest, it's a way of life," he said. "It's just eating right, eating sensibly, and not being frustrated if you're up a half a pound."

Coish liked the idea of being in a structured program, and being accountable to someone at the end of the week. But, in the end, everyone is only accountable to themselves.

"I like a challenge and I think everybody in life needs some kind of challenge," she said. "I'm absolutely happy I did it."

It's all about spreading the word, according to Simply For Life consultant Lonney Bezzina.

"It was a great opportunity to show the community what we're about," he said. "It's not about money, it's not about anything flashy. It's about solid nutrition. That's how you get lifestyle change."



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Daily News, Amherst Food Assistance Network

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