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Eating To Live VS Living To Eat – Upgrade Your Health With Shatonia McCarty

This week Registered Dietitian Shatonia McCarty wants us to think about what kind of eaters we are.  Which one are you?  Do you eat to live or live to eat?

 

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Eating to live requires knowledge about portion control, physical activity and how to apply recommendations based on research to reduce chronic disease. It’s about taking control over how often and how much you will eat.  Don’t deprive yourself, however it’s all about balance.  Good nutrition and regular physical activity can help you reduce  the risk of chronic disease and allow you to eat to live not living to eat!

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Shatonia McCarty, MS, RD, LDN

Shatonia McCarty, is a Registered Dietitian with the LSU AgCenter and Nutritional and Health Service, LLC for private consulting.  She also is a vital part of Sharmitta Rideau’s K.I.S.S Program. 

 

The Purpose of THE K.I.S.S. PROJECT is to work with ALL women with an emphasis on African American women and low income households in the SWLA area who want to lose 20 plus pounds. L.I.F.E. FIT is part of Dare to be healthy program ran by The Partnership of a Healthier SWLA. This project will ensure these hand-picked women that they will leave more educated, aware, accomplished, determined and lighter naturally and spiritually. They will be able to maintain by using the simple but effective steps that are taught through the curriculum on their own for the rest of their lives.

  • All women will have to fill out a K.I.S.S. application. This will have a variety of question to get to understand them better and get an idea of if they will be committed and if they qualify for the help.
  • L.I.F.E. FIT will sift the applications for 30-40 committed women willing and ready to go down this journey
    • Women will have to attend a 90 day/12 week program in which they will meet with the L.I.F.E. FIT instructor 3 days out the week.
    • 2 days will consist of simple physical activities ranging from outdoor runs/walks workout camps to water aerobics class, floor aerobics and body weight training. 1 day out of the week will consist of the S.I.M.P.P.L.E. curriculum and through the teachings of registered dieticians that are part of the Partnership.
    • After the 12 weeks are over L.I.F.E. FIT will maintain connections with the women through their maintenance time.

Measurements of the project:

  • The women will weigh-in and get their measurements (height, weight, age, BMI etc.) done at the beginning of the program.
  • K.I.S.S. assessments will be given at start of program and every 3 weeks during the 90 days. This will measure strength, endurance and accomplishments of goals.
  • Goal setting will be a major part of the project, we will set the goals weekly these will be attainable and simple goals.
  • Journal keeping- writing down how they are feeling daily, this will be an outlet for their frustrations, victories, hurts and accomplishments.

Incentives for being a part of this Project:

  • Women will be highlighted through different forms of media, there will be gifts when goals have been accomplished.
  • If any feel like they would like to continue the project for the next year they will be able to if L.I.F.E. FIT sees the need.

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