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Free Weight Management Class for Charleston's Underserved

(Make a Difference)

Starts April 13
Saturdays from 2:00 - 3:15pm
St. Andrew's Family Fitness, West Ashley
Josh Brown, PhD

Josh Brown, Ph.D. (psychologist and Director of Clinical Services and Training) and Tonya Turner, RD, LD, (head registered dietitian) of the MUSC Weight Management Center, along with Rebecca Knackstedt (an MUSC MD/PhD student) started a student group in the Fall of 2012. This student group has 2 primary missions:

1). Teach MUSC medical and graduate students how to effectively deliver evidenced-based behavioral interventions for weight management; and
2). Actually have these students go out into the community to deliver a 10-week class-based weight management program "free of charge" to Charleston residents who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford weight management services.

We currently have 38 MUSC medical and graduate students enrolled in this student group. These are the folks who'll be leading the free classes. We're now ready to begin recruiting for our first "L.E.A.N. for Life" class (L.E.A.N. = Lifestyle Education on Activity and Nutrition), which is slated to begin April 13 and will take place every Saturday from 2:00-3:15pm for 10 weeks at St. Andrew's Family Fitness in West Ashley.

We're sending this Broadcast message in hopes that you might be able to help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to those we're attempting to reach. We've contacted 40 or so local organizations in an effort to get the word out, but we can use all the help we can get! If you have contact with patients or other individuals who you believe might benefit from this upcoming opportunity, we gratefully request that you share our flyer with them (flyer can be downloaded/printed at the above link).

The only criteria we have for participation are that participants are:
1). Age 18 or older, and
2). Uninsured (or have Medicaid)

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this class. I do hope that you'll be able and willing to help us get the word out to those who stand to benefit from this class.

MUSC Weight Management Center

171 Ashley Avenue · Charleston SC 29425 · (843) 792-2300