The South Bend Area (IN) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated implemented a Chapter oriented health and wellness initiative in which members modified their eating habits to encompass more nutritious foods. Eight members of the Chapter participated in the 14-day program. Ida Reynolds Watson, Health and Human Services Chair, served as the health coach.


The approach used was to eat a Whole Plant Based Foods (WPBF) meal. A baseline was established which included blood pressure level, blood sugar level. weight, and resting heart rate/pulse. Members did daily journaling of their experiences, daily check-ins, used a buddy system for accountability, implemented educational materials in support of a WPBF eating regime and created a grocery list with recipes provided. Food was selected from the following categories: Veggies-non-starchy; fruit; veggies starchy; breads, sugar, dried fruit, packaged foods; nuts and seeds, dairy products; and oils. Examples of each category were provided to the participants.


​A follow up to this initiative has been planned as the next step. Participants are asked to assist in developing a document that tells their stories and experiences to share with others. The goal is to offer this initiative to the community.


Of the eight participants, five reported their results. A summary of the 14-Day WPBF Initiative showed some impressive results.


Tina Patton has made right choices to eat healthy.

Eating Healthy!

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Measurements


Members          Weight                      Blood Pressure                  Blood Glucose                Pulse

                   Beginning.  End.           Beginning.      End         Beginning.        End     Beginning.    End

    1.                  215.8.    208.8.           173/95.       139/64.          108.              115.              NA

    2.                  178.       167.              145/95.       140/80.          145.              125.             95.             90

    3.                  158.       152.              132/80.       133/80.          122.                75              NA 

    4                   197        181.              NA.                                    NA                                   NA

    5.                   211.3.    205.4.          156/92.        131/87.         174.              121.             75.             76

                    

THE G.R.E.E.N. INITIATIVE

"HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS"