Rolling Rimples is a program sponsored by the Fayette Health Department and United Way of Fayette County. This is the 21st program which started at the end of August and ended in December.
Once a month, two nurses, Jeannie Bihl and Karmel Payton, from the health department go to businesses and weigh each participant. Each person receives a piece of fruit donated by Kroger, a letter of encouragement or healthy habits and a healthy recipe.
The goal of Rolling Rimples is to encourage healthy living by eating real foods, drinking more water and moving more. We do not encourage fad diets, diet pills or quick fix diets because once you go back to eating the way you did before, you gain it all back. We stress portion control and cutting back on processed foods and fast food.
Accountability is a very important part of this program. Having someone else weigh you makes you think about the choices you make. We want people to think about the cost of food. When one goes shopping for clothes they consider the price tag. So when we go to eat we need to think about the calories and what that is going to cost us! How many miles do I need to walk that large order of French fries off, or is it feeding my heart, brain and arteries like real food does?
This session had 14 businesses, 28 teams and 130 individuals. A team consists of four to five people and a business can have as many teams as they want.
So congratulations to our winners! Jean Adrian was the first place individual, losing 32.4 pounds and she received a $100 gift card. Jean certainly made some changes and it worked for her. She said she stopped eating out so often, stopped drinking pop and she feels better and is able to take the steps now!
Julie Thacker from Job and Family Services was the second place winner and tied with Lynda Cherry from the hospital – both lost 23 lbs. Each received a $50 gift card. Julie stated that she counts the cost of her food now – she is definitely considering how many calories something has before she eats it and it has worked for her. Lynda Cherry said she is much more aware of what she eats and watching calories. Lynda also states that her joints feel so much better after losing weight. Jim Runnels from Washington Park Apts. is the third runner-up. He won a $25 gift card and said that he now eats one sandwich instead of two or three. So he believes in portion control!
The first place team was from Washington Park Apts. and four of them together lost 42 pounds. Team members were Barb and Al Roberts, Jim Runnels, and Tina Leisure.
If anyone is interested in joining Rolling Rimples, please call the FCHD at 335-5910 and ask to speak to Jeannie Bihl. A new session begins Jan. 24.