2006-03-22 / Lifestyles

AN APPLE A DAY STILL KEEPS THE D O C TO R A WAY

Sc hool's faculty learns healthy habits
by KEATON T. DePRIEST, Repor ter

Amy Schaffstall, a teacher at Windom Elementary, has been taking part in UH and W's One Life Program, which promotes healthier living among adults. Photo by John Normile Amy Schaffstall, a teacher at Windom Elementary, has been taking part in UH and W's One Life Program, which promotes healthier living among adults. Photo by John Normile ith one life to live, every moment is as important as the next.

While there are many health programs available to help the public become fit, the One Life Program brings teachers and faculty together at school to discuss and dispel negative health habits.

"We began focusing on faculty members, said Jody LaMarca, a registered dietician at UH and W, a healthcare company in Williamsville. "We found that one of the best places to run this program is for people right at work."

A Niagara Falls resident, LaMarca is also the senior vice president of field development and the program director at UH and W.

She and co-worker Jennifer Hulme, the regional marketing director and registered dietician, have been traveling to Windom Elementary School in Orchard Park to introduce the program to the faculty.

LaMarca and Hulme began teaching One Life in January. The 10-week course, taught from 8:10 to 8:55 a.m. each Monday, is designed to promote a better, healthier lifestyle.

"This program is like a life enhancement program," LaMarca said. "It is a lifestyle change."

Beginning with the assessment of each person's fitness, LaMarca and Hulme treat each individual according to his or her needs while teaching a broad range of elements of living healthier

At the end of the course, a final evaluation is made by Hulme and LaMarca to further instill the One Life Program as part of a person's daily routine.

One teacher at Windom who has W found the course to be particularly helpful is Amy Schaffstall.

Schaffstall has been helping LaMarca and Hulme by recruiting faculty members to take part in the course, which she called a wonderful opportunity to feel healthier.

"This is such a good reminder for people that it is good to be healthy, as well as stay healthy," Schaffstall said.

The course discusses all nutritional aspects of staying healthy as well as exercise options to maintain physical fitness.

Hulme, a Buffalo resident, said the course positively benefits healthy lifestyle changes throughout Western New York because it is educating people to go back out into the world and make wiser nutritional choices.

"This program is very applicable to real life," she said. "We are teaching people to make positive changes."

Both Schaffstall and Hulme said they have received positive feedback from the faculty attending their weekly classes.

"The momentum in this class keeps picking up, and the word is spreading," Hulme said.

While UH and W also runs programs in Pennsylvania, LaMarca said she hopes to continue working with faculty members of other schools in Orchard Park to further promote healthy living.

For more information about UH and W, visit its Web site at www.uhandw.com.

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