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 Hospital Weight-Loss
Antelope Valley
Hospital Weight-Loss
June 8, 2016

Antelope Valley Hospital Weight-Loss Challenge 2016 launched May 25th at the University of Antelope Valley, facilitated and hosted by Pat Karnstedt, RN, cancer program coordinator for Antelope Valley Hospital, reinforcing the message that, “Maintaining a healthy body weight can decrease risk of certain cancers and diabetes, lower blood pressure, increase energy, improve sleep and contribute to better heart health.”

The public was invited to attend this free weight-loss and healthy eating conference, where a three-month weight loss challenge was issued and that prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Symposium breakout sessions included:

  • What we eat can affect diseases such as diabetes and cancer
  • How obesity has been linked to cancer
  • Fitness education
  • Cookbook reviews

University of Antelope Valley Provost Sandra Johnson discussed further the effects of eating properly and exercise; Chef Adrian Neria, lead culinary arts instructor prepared cookbooks, provided tips on how to shop and prepare healthy meals and feed a family of four for $12.00 and under.

Chef Instructor Marcus McNeil demonstrated meal preparations and along with UAV culinary students assisted attendees in preparing healthy meals.

Each participant weighed in and body mass index recorded. The next meeting is August 24th at 5:00 pm at the University of Antelope Valley for final weigh-ins and winners announced.

Speakers and facilitators pictured:

Registered Nurse Malathy Kulasingam; Registered Dietician Jyothi Pinto; UAV Provost Sandra Johnson; Registered Nurse Patricia Karnstedt; Oncology Patient Navigator Michelle Paez