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Noom Weight Loss Coach is a digital coach in your pocket that tells you what to do every day to lose weight. It tracks how well you do these tasks (and any extra ones), grades you, and adjusts to your progress. Noom’s intelligence is based on the work of nutrition and weight loss experts. It also provides motivation with encouraging messages, a daily Noom score, reminders, and user support forums.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina offers My Health Toolkit for covered members.
My Health Toolkit is an online, interactive health care home that helps you manage all aspects of your health care. My Health Toolkit is a collection of integrated tools designed to help you:
■ Verify eligibility and benefits
■ View your claims history
■ Get authorizations
■ Manage your prescriptions
■ Control your health care
■ Discover new wellness tools
■ Research specific health issues
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MAU does not endorse any particular weight loss plan or program. This weekly newsletter is simply an information resource to make you aware of methods that have worked for other people.
As stated before, you should consult your physician before beginning any weight loss or physical activity program. MAU is not responsible for any injury or other medical issues you may incur through your participation in Shifting Gears.
Week 12 (next week is your final full week)
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|On the Road to Success
- Atlanta Journal Constitution
Name: Kendra Boone
Former Weight: 250 pounds
Current weight: 155 pounds
Pounds lost: 95 pounds
Turning point: “My journey started with an ice storm,” she says. “During the storm of January 2011, we were inside the house away from work and school for a week. When I ventured out on Saturday, January 15, I slipped on ice in my driveway and hit the back of my head. I suffered a concussion. After a month of recuperation, I was still experiencing headaches. My physician was blunt in a way I had never experienced. He said that if I [did] not reduce stress and lose weight, I would not see my sons graduate from high school." She and her husband joined Weight Watchers that week.
Diet plan: “On Weight Watchers, you may eat anything, but you track and have portion control.”
Exercise routine: “My exercise routine progressed from a certified couch potato to training on a daily basis,” she says. She now does boot camp four times per week and runs and bikes once a week. She ran her first Peachtree Road Race last year and will run it again this year. She's also training for her first triathlon.
Calories per serving: 560
2 12-ounce to 14-ounce jars of your favorite marinara sauce
2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
3/4 cup water
1/3 pound ground veal
1/3 pound ground pork
1/3 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 large egg
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1/3 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
1. Heat marinara sauce in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cover to prevent splattering.
2. Remove crusts from bread, place bread in a medium bowl and pour water over. Let sit 10 minutes, and gently squeeze out excess liquid. Put bread in a large bowl; discard water.
3. Add all the ground meats, cheese, egg, onion, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes to bowl with bread. Gently toss to combine, maintaining a light touch to keep air in the meatballs (don't squish the meat too much, or you'll end up with tough meatballs). Roll the meat mixture in your hands to create meatballs slightly larger than a golf ball.
4. Remove marinara sauce from heat to prevent splattering, and gently drop the meatballs in the warm sauce. Return tomato sauce to medium-low heat, bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until meatballs have cooked through, about 30 minutes.
5. Cook pasta according to package directions, toss with marinara sauce and top with meatballs.
Make your own marinara: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté 2 cloves minced garlic until lightly golden. Add 32 ounces of canned, peeled, crushed plum tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add meatballs and 2 tablespoons of torn fresh basil leaves, and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 30 minutes.
|Unit of Measure
The above table lists the Daily Values based on a caloric intake of 2,000 calories, for adults and children four or more years of age.
Thank you for participating in Shifting Gears, a wellness challenge intended to motivate you to eat healthier and make exercise a part of your lifestyle. Over the next several weeks, you will receive emails with nutrition advice, fitness tips, and words of encouragement.