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September 28, 2010 > Seniors Lose Pounds and Become Healthier

Seniors Lose Pounds and Become Healthier

Submitted By Johnny Ng

In a short span of six months, Basera Rahimi lost 12 pounds by eating right and increasing her activity level. In the process, she also learned how to effectively manage her high cholesterol and arthritis.

Basera is one of the 46 participants of the Afghan Elderly Association (AEA) Weight Management Program, funded by a $10,000 community grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County.

"I learned how to eat healthier in my daily life and the program inspired me to increase my activity levels," she said. "I feel great about the amount of weight I lost, and I am going to continue implementing what learned so I can lose more!"

Through the Weight Management Program, Basera learned how to reduce her food intake, and actively participated in the weekly walking groups and exercise sessions. She also attended tours of local grocery store, led by the AEA's public health nurse and a trained health promoter, who guided participants, section by section, throughout the store and discussed healthy and cost-effective ways to shop for food.

The nine-month program is aimed at addressing obesity prevalent among Afghan women. Through monthly Food Education Courses, weekly walking groups, and grocery store tours, the AEA was able to reduce the overall weights of participating women by 26 percent, with the top three winners each shedding more than 10 pounds.

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