New Health Promotion program: Blast Off the Pounds!

Tammy Buchanan, Health Promotion Manager

Looking to make healthier choices this year? Blast Off the Pounds (BOP) is a new program developed to help members lose weight and start a regular exercise regime. The Health Promotion team, in collaboration with the Fitness and Sports crew, is committed to helping you make your positive changes “stick” this year.

The 12-week program incorporates a diet component, training sessions, injury prevention and a visit to the grocery store, as well as pre- and post-program evaluations using our new InBody 570 body composition analysis machine. Participants are asked to commit to training a minimum of three times per week, and to attend a one hour theoretical session weekly. Applicants will be selected and interviewed and must be supported by their supervisor.

The pilot project for this program has shown surprising results. The average participant’s age was 43 years old and the average weight loss over the 12 weeks was 15.2 pounds. On top of weight loss, a significant increase in physical capability was observed. More importantly,
testimonials showed real changes in lifestyle habits, an impressive improvement in participants’ health, a decrease in medication use and even medical changes.

If you want to make positive health choices and improve your body composition, there is an information session about the BOP program on January 18. It will be held in the Activity Room on the second floor of the Col JJ Parr Sports Centre from 12:10 to 12:50.

The program will begin on January 25 and run to April 12. For more information, contact Tammy Buchanan, in the Health Promotion Department at (780) 840-8000 extension 7127 or at tammy.buchanan@forces.gc.ca.