In six weeks, lifestyle change decreases cancer risk

Sept. 12, 2018

This paid piece is sponsored by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.

Lynn Jendersee had a directive from her doctor: Lose 10 pounds because her weight combined with family history was putting her at higher risk for breast cancer.

“I went home with that, and I really didn’t know where to start,” she said. “I tried it on my own, and I just couldn’t do it.”

A member of GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness, a Facebook post on the GreatFIT Challenge grabbed her attention.

“So we created a team at work,” she said.

She and her co-workers participated in the GreatFIT Challenge, a six-week program that includes weekly workouts, weigh-ins, a nutrition guide, email challenges and tips, and work with a coach.

They passed on birthday treats in the office, took walks on their breaks and went to fitness classes together.

“So I tried out three or four classes I probably wouldn’t have done by myself,” Jendersee said.

Others in the group shared classes they had taken and nutrition tips.

“You just learn from each other,” she said.

“It was a shift in how I lived, learning to eat and how to exercise and how to incorporate that into my daily life. So it wasn’t something that was so drastic I couldn’t do it.”

After her first challenge, she had lost 8 pounds. She did a second one and lost an additional 5 pounds.

“After that, I took everything I learned, and I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds now,” Jendersee said.

Following her lead, Jendersee’s husband lost 15 pounds too.

“I was so scared to try something new. And doing it this way, it was just an amazing result, and I loved it,” she said.

“I would recommend the GreatFIT Challenge to anybody who wants to get moving. It doesn’t matter your age, if you need to lose weight, if you want to get in shape or do a little bit of exercise. It’s amazing what you can accomplish as a group.”

The next GreatFIT Challenge starts Sept. 17. To learn more and register, click here.

In six weeks, lifestyle change decreases cancer risk

“I was so scared to try something new. And doing it this way it was just an amazing result.” When her doctor told her to lose weight because she was at risk for breast cancer, this turned out to be the perfect fit.

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