My passion for nutrition began with my own weight-loss journey and continues with a strong desire to help others. That desire inspired me to get involved with an on-campus healthy weight management group that is now called BetterWeigh4Life. I started working with them a couple years ago when it was called Strengthened@Auraria. It has been an invaluable experience as I work with Dr. Cyndi Dormer (she teaches the Weight Management and Nutrition Counseling) and other student interns. We started out as a program that worked alongside Campus Rec and offered nutrition counseling and group workouts. We are now focusing on presentations and group discussions in addition to one-on-one counseling. Along the way I have been privileged to get to know various clients who are all unique individuals struggling with different issues as they try to get healthy and reach a weight and body composition that they are happy with.
I’ve learned so much working with this program, the biggest thing is probably that as a counselor I have to listen, listen, listen and keep listening. It’s so tempting to just tell people how to lose weight, especially for me, since I’ve personally lost almost 200 pounds. But that isn’t how you help people lose weight. Every person has to discover their own path and as their BetterWeigh4Life nutrition counselors, we enjoy the privilege of traveling that path with them. Participants of our program come to realize the why’s and how’s of their weight gain, and learn to turn it around and start a new trajectory towards health and wellness.
If you have a passion for weight management, Resource Manager Susie Speer and I personally invite you to become an active member of our group. Nutrition students enrolled in the Human Nutrition & Dietetics curriculum at Metro State University of Denver have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and provide nutrition counseling through our Auraria Campus weight management program; BetterWeigh4Life . As a member of our program, you can help educate clients on nutrition basics, encourage physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, and guide goal-setting through discussion groups, presentations and special events such as cooking classes and Kitchen 101 sessions. BetterWeigh4Life also offers individual nutrition and motivational counseling to our clients.
Interested volunteers should either have completed or be currently enrolled in the Weight Management course and/or the Nutrition Counseling course, as offered by the MSU, Denver’s Human Dietetics’ curriculum. Exceptions may be made for relevant life experience, dependent on an interview. There are also opportunities for marketing and website construction and web-hosting available.
Future members are encouraged to contact either Susie Speer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anita Leslie at email@example.com by September 1, 2014. Please reference “BetterWeigh4Life volunteer” in the subject heading of your email. Thank you for devoting some of your time and attention to learn about this important student-program.
Anita Leslie, Project Manager & Nutrition Counselor, BetterWeigh4Life
Susie Speer, Resource Manager, BetterWeigh4Life
I am a Human Nutrition-Dietetics student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, pursuing my degree and hoping to become a Registered Dietitian. My personal story is that about five years ago I weighed almost 400 pounds, was sick in bed and on over 20 medications. Diet and exercise, as well as lifestyle changes, including regular chiropractic adjustments, were all part of my transformation. I have lost almost 200 pounds and want to help other people discover their motivation to get healthier and feel better.