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Want to lose weight? Health department offering free weight loss class

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OKLAHOMA CITY – If you want to lose weight before winter, a local health department is offering a free course to help you drop those unwanted pounds.

Total Wellness is an eight-week weight loss course provided by the Oklahoma City County Health Department and Wellness Now to residents in Oklahoma County.

“Obesity greatly increases your risk for potentially deadly conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer,” said OCCHD dietitian Jennifer Like, who supervises the Total Wellness program. “We’re offering free classes to teach participants how changing  their habits can lower the risk of disease and death.”

Katherine Leader, 78, says she lost more than 50 pounds by changing her diet and adding exercise to her routine.

“This has been a life-saver for me,”she said.

Since the program began in 2007, participants have lost more than 14,600 pounds.

Guests learn to prepare healthy meals, portion control, finding time to exercise and how a positive attitude can play a role in your health.

As an added incentive, Great Plains Coca-Cola has donated 100 passes to the Oklahoma City Zoo and nine pairs of tickets to an Oklahoma City Thunder home game to the program.

Organizers say participants can win zoo passes in drawings and the Thunder tickets will be given away to the “biggest loser” in each class.

Classes meet for one hour each week for eight weeks.

A new session begins in September.

Space is limited and participants must enroll by calling (405) 425-4352.