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Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge

Posted on 08/9/2011

I'm pleased to announce that we've just kicked off our first Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge!

We've selected 7 wonderful people -- all type II diabetics -- from Illinois and Indiana who were referred to us by their physicians, and they will participate in a 12-week contest to lose weight. Being type II diabetics, it is especially important for them to do so in order to improve their overall health.

Our goal for doing this challenge is that we'll help them better understand portion control, how a healthy diet can help with their diabetes and hopefully in the process also allow for them to discontinue their medications (of course, in conjunction with their medical professional).

Many times when a Type II diabetic loses weight, they will reduce or eliminate their medications. They will also lose the label of being diabetic in the process. We hope we can help them do this. That is the reason we're doing this contest.

The contestants will be weighed weekly and we'll chart their progress through this challenge. I will update you here on their progress from time-to-time. Of course, I'll be sure to let you know who wins the challenge after the contest concludes on October 31st! The winner will be awarded $1,000 cash prize...they are also provided with our meals for the entire 12 weeks. That's 252 meals in all we're providing each of them...1,764 in all.

Now, without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to our 7 Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge contestants:

  • Karen, 50, from Gray is starting at 245.6 pounds with a fasting blood sugar of 136.  She is currently on one medication to control her diabetes.
  • Marlene, 60, from Crown Point is beginning the contest at 293 pounds with a fasting blood sugar of 189.  She is on four medications currently to control her diabetes.
  • Mary, 35, from Indianapolis is beginning at 253 pounds and has a fasting blood sugar of 140.  She currently controls her diabetes via diet.
  • Mata, 53, from Lake Villa is starting the contest at 263 pounds and a fasting blood sugar of 120. She is currently on two medications to control her diabetes.
  • Michael, 43, from Merrillville weighs 452.8 pounds and has a fasting blood sugar of 156.  He is currently on one medication to help control his diabetes.
  • Phyllis, 62, from Chicago weighs 352 pounds and has a fasting blood sugar of 183. She controls her diabetes with one medication.
  • Regina, 53, from Chicago is starting the contest at 192 pounds and has a fasting blood sugar of 100. She currently controls her diabetes through diet.

They are all very excited to be part of this challenge. They are eager to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will positively impact their lives. We wish them all the very best! Stay tuned for more information as the contest progresses.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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