Success Story

19 05 2016

Today, I am posting a success story because I believe this individual deserves some recognition and I hope this post will encourage others to share their success stories.

Meet Gretchen!


Though, Gretchen had a history of Yo-Yo dieting  and inactivity , she decided to joined the Weight Management Program in July of 2015. She choose the  HIT Center in Huntington as her main facility and communicated clearly to the health professionals about her need of nutritional direction and accountability.

Since Gretchen started her weight loss journey she has lost 100lbs and dropped from a size 28 to a size 18! Gretchen’s weight loss was not an overnight transformation, but rather a journey of hard work, consistency, and determination. When asked how she did it, Gretchen stated “Basically I’ve used everything offered in the program. Trainers, nutritionist, counselor, newsletter, website, blog, recipes. The weekly emails – I read them and try to do the challenges. I don’t hesitate to ask for help.”

Click Here to see the video created by the Huntington HIT Center of Gretchen’s success!


We also asked Gretchen what her tips would be for others in this program. They include:

-“Use all the resources available.”

-“Have a support system; can include coworkers, friends, family.”

-“Have a workout buddy. If someone is expecting you at a certain time you are more likely to go.”

-“Clean out the food in the house. If junk isn’t there you can’t eat it.”

Congratulations Gretchen, keep you hard work!!

Keep in mind this is just one example of what success could look like. However, success comes in many forms, and can look very different from person to person. If you have any questions about your success please don’t hesitate to contact the program for help!

Kelly Stubna, MPH, Health Behavior Coach, Weight Management Program


Helping to Change Your H-App-its.

30 03 2016

Recently, there have been many questions directed towards the benefits of using apps for behavior change and weight loss. Though there are studies showing pros and cons of using apps, I believe they can help you with your journey and wanted to give some top picks…so you don’t have to spend hours searching for the perfect app. I have done that for you!


Focus= behavior change

This app is great for helping you commit those pesky new health actions to habit. What makes it stand out from the rest is the fact that money is on the line! Yep, that’s right…you have the chance to earn, or lose money with this app. If you complete a task you make a pact to do you will earn, and if you fail to do the action entered, then you will lose money. It is a great motivating tool that could help (or hurt) your bottom line. – Warning, this app is only for people serious about changing their life!500x_custom_1262702815657_apps


Focus= making food shopping easier

This app is probably one of the best tools you could have while learning what foods are healthy and how to read nutrition labels.  The app lets you scan labels on food and then grades the food based on its ingredients so you can see what grade of ‘healthy’ the food may be. It will even let you compare different products and give better options after you scan the foods- making buying healthy groceries easy!


Focus= productivity…remembering the little things

Balance is about just that… balance. For those of us who struggle to prioritize all the little things in life, this app is great to help you make time for each action you want to start, or make more of a priority. You can focus on nutrition and exercise, mental wellness and self-exploration, time spent with people who make you happy, or all of them combined. It will send reminders and keep a running list of things you’ve done and what you still have to do.

I hope you will take a look at one, or all of the apps mentioned here. Finding new tools to use can be a useful form of motivation and keep things interesting while trying to change your habits and life for the better. Please let us know which one you liked best or if there is another one that makes your journey just a little easier!

Kelly Stubna, MPH
Health Behavior Coach