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The Telegram
  • Alpine staff learns how to live a happy, healthy life

  • Stoney Creek Community Center Biggest Loser Founder and Executive Director Bart Murnion gave a presentation to Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center staff about choosing to live a healthy lifestyle on Wednesday afternoon.

    Alpine Administrator Teresa Creedon said the presentation was in connection with the center acknowledging April as Stress Awareness Month.

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  • Stoney Creek Community Center Biggest Loser Founder and Executive Director Bart Murnion gave a presentation to Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center staff about choosing to live a healthy lifestyle on Wednesday afternoon.
    Alpine Administrator Teresa Creedon said the presentation was in connection with the center acknowledging April as Stress Awareness Month.
    “Every month we like to have educational programs for employees that help with self improvement on a personnel level. A happier staff equals happier residents,” she said.
    Through the program Murnion explained health and wellness are two fundamentals built from a lifestyle change.
    “We live in a world where we can get what we want whenever we want and our culture make us want these things that we don’t really need. In the grand scheme of things we live in a culture where we do not have the discipline to stop,” he said.
    Murnion said he is an advocate for a guilt-free eating and drinking lifestyle, but when people feel the everyday stresses from life they tend to turn to comfort foods.
    “I’ve been able to live a better life by making a conscious lifestyle change, both emotionally and physically, by choosing to eat healthier foods in moderation and exercising every day,” he said.
    An easy and healthy way to eat better foods is to get rid of processed foods and replace a usual ingredient with something else, he said.
    Instead of eating white bread Murnion said to eat whole wheat bread and the best way to sweeten coffee without sugar is to replace it with agave nectar.
    He also suggested planting a garden and growing produce such as spinach, kale and other dark leafy greens in the comfort of one’s home.
    “Living a lifestyle that is healthy and happy can be easy, but you have to give up your old ways and commit to a lifestyle change,” said Murnion.
    Through the Stoney Creek Community Center Biggest Loser weight loss program 115 people have cumulatively lost over 3,000 pounds in 18 months.
    The program is now in the middle of its third year at the community center. According to Murnion, 700 pounds have been shed by a group of 45 participating individuals and they are on track to loose 1,300 pounds as a group by the end of the program.
    The program is also being offered for the first year at Little Falls Hospital.
    The Biggest Loser program will start a second round at the hospital that will be offered during the third week of May at 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    At the end of the presentation, a donation was presented by Creedon on behalf of Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to support the Biggest Loser program.
    Page 2 of 2 - Stoney Creek Community Center is located at 71 S. Main St. in Dolgeville. For more information on the Stoney Creek Community Center Biggest Loser program, visit the Facebook page or contact Murnion at 429-8475 or email sc3life@gmail.com.
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