NEWS | Dec. 30, 2010

Setting realistic goals for the new year

By NHCC Wellness Clinic

The primary activity for the new year after the parties are over is to make a list of New Year's resolutions. Often times, these resolutions do not always have realistic goals, such as losing 50 pounds in six weeks. The Wellness Clinic at Naval Health Clinic Charleston has many new programs planned for the new year to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Classes are open to all TRICARE beneficiaries and Department of Defense staff members. For more information or to register for a class call 794-6910. All classes will be held at the new NHCC Joint Ambulatory Care Clinic, Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station.

Ready to quit: If you're ready to create a plan to stop using tobacco, make a resolution to attend these classes held Jan. 11 and 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. You'll learn why you use tobacco, how to prepare to quit the habit and how to avoid a relapse.

Stay the Course: Once you've quit the tobacco habit, learn how to remain tobacco free and avoid relapse. The Stay the Course classes are held every fourth Monday from 5 to 6 p.m., beginning Jan. 24. This is a weekly support group motivating those who have just quit to remain tobacco free.

Weight loss support: Do you want to lose some weight? Fad diets only work for the short term. Learn how to adopt healthy eating habits that will make you a `big loser' the healthy way. The Wellness Clinic will conduct weekly, 60-minute sessions on how to lose weight and keep it off in a supportive environment. This program is based on the new. Classes begin Jan. 11 and meet every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m.

Ship shape: This intensive course is the Navy-approved weight management series for military personnel trying to meet body composition standards. The course consists of eight weekly, 90-minute sessions every Monday starting Jan. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. The emphasis is on why you eat and how to change eating behaviors. An individualized meal plan will be developed for you by our clinical nutritionist. Family members are welcome, with or without their sponsor.

Exercise: Morale, Welfare and Recreation will have trainers using the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling curriculum, designed to work with all fitness levels and requires minimum space and equipment. Classes begin Jan. 12 and are held every Wednesday and Thursday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 12. Wear loose clothes and bring a water bottle.