Weight loss program at BC

Jeanette Borland
November 5, 2004
Filed under Features

A weight-loss program – called Choices At-Work – is being offered at noon on Mondays in the Bakersfield College Finlinson Building.

Jan Gradowitz, wife of radio personality Steve Gradowitz, is a former Weight Watchers leader who has formed the group to offer people a choice about the lifestyle changes that best fits them to help lose weight. This is a 14-week program, but people can join any time. A fee is charged to cover expenses such a cards, a planner and educational information materials.

“One size doesn’t fit all…everyone is different,” Gradowitz said.

Gradowitz has members of the group weigh themselves each week on a professional scale and they discuss the foods they ate during the past week. Those foods are written into a planner.

“I give them an evaluation and personalize it to the individual,” Gradowitz said.

The group has about eight women, but men are more than welcome to join, according to Gradowitz. The group is there to offer support, encouragement, and accountability for one another and have fun in the process, according to Gradowitz. She offers different diet options to see what works best for that person.

Jana Oldham, a secretary on campus, is a member and contact person for Choice At Work. “(It’s) very convenient for me. (It’s) on my lunch hour rather than trying to find something after work,” Oldham said.

The group is currently made up of faculty, but students are welcome.

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