Some of the
Weight Watchers gang: Clockwise from left: Wendy Hedrich, Kathy Hedrich,
Julie Cadham, Maria Barreca, Kathleen McAleese, Dina Tavares, Marie-Anne
Cheong Youne, Francie Beresford, and in front, leader Judy Goddard.
Photo by Jean-Philippe
Dina Tavares (Rectors Cabinet) is an active member of Concordias
Weight Watchers group. She conducted an interview with the group.
What inspired you to join and stay with this program?
I want to lead an active, healthy life, especially in retirement.
The only way to achieve this goal is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. For
me, that means losing weight and maintaining the weight loss in addition
to increasing my physical activity.
What do you get out of the weekly meetings?
Support. Theres a strong sense that were rooting for
each other. We understand when someone has a tough week and we celebrate
our successes together. Weve had some pretty memorable meetings
so far. Weve started a tradition where we have a potluck lunch at
the end of each session. Everyone brings in a dish, along with the recipe
and the amount of points per serving.
Hearing other peoples stories of success encourages you to
keep on going. Im impressed with the positive atmosphere of the
meetings and enjoy spending time with the members. Its a wonderful
group of people.
How does each session work?
There are 12 to 16 weeks prepaid for each session. There are weekly
meetings at noon on Wednesdays at work where members weigh in and discuss
issues with the leader and each other.
What are some of your challenges?
Incorporating healthy eating habits into a lifestyle where eating
out and entertaining at home are the norm. The constant bombardment of
television ads that sell food loaded with fat and little nutritional value
Finding recipes that achieve a balance between tasty and healthy.
Also, realizing that this is a lifetime commitment. The things I like
to do have always been of a sedentary nature, and Weight Watchers encourages
members to be involved in some form of physical activity. Even walking
How many people are involved?
Now, there are about 15 people involved. Most meetings are attended
by at least 12 people.
What are some the challenges of the program?
Time to prepare meals according to the program. With a familys
busy schedule, meals are often picked up in between activities, so its
a little more difficult to keep to the plan. Dinner often happens around
8:30 pm, so the period after work is a challenge (snacking instead of
eating a proper meal, because you are hungry by 6).
What inspires you?
So far Ive lost over 50 pounds, so Im more than halfway
to goal weight. Losing weight made me feel more positive about myself.
Its given me more energy and I can fit into nicer clothes, plus
Im more motivated to exercise.
I would not have been able to lose 28 pounds so far without all
For more information on the Weight Watchers At Work , call
Dina Tavares at 848-4834.