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Crystal Zornes (left) and Sherry Buckland were the top two winners in the Shed Unwanted Pounds weight loss program held at the Mullens Opportunity Center.
Crystal Zornes (left) and Sherry Buckland were the top two winners in the Shed Unwanted Pounds weight loss program held at the Mullens Opportunity Center.
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You may soon notice many residents of Mullens doing some clothes shopping as they need to find better-fitting pants and shirts. Why the sudden need? Most likely this is due to them being a part of the successful “Shed Unwanted Pounds” program.


The Mullens Opportunity Center partnered with the American Heart Association to offer this special weight-loss program to anyone who wished to participate. This year, thirty-six people signed up for the three-month program and many had amazing results.


Over 150 pounds were shed by the participants, which is a great amount lost in such a short time. The two who had the most significant weight loss were Chrystal Zornes, who lost 20 pounds in just three months, and Sherry Buckland, who lost 17 pounds. Chrystal also saw her blood sugar A1C drop from 10.2 down to 6.1, which is amazing. She is walking 5 miles a day and has made outstanding lifestyle changes. Sherry Buckland has been working on weight loss since before joining the competition and has lost 112 pounds to date – another amazing result.


“I am so very proud of all of our participants,” said Charlene Cook, Director of Operations of the Mullens Opportunity Center and coordinator for the program. “I asked the group to lose their weight slowly and not go on a crash diet because it isn’t healthy and they all did just that with fantastic results.”


West Virginia leads the nation in cardiovascular disease and stroke, which claim the lives of over 6,000 West Virginians each year. Working on simple things, such as walking for just thirty minutes a day, can have a significant impact on heart health.


The “Shed Unwanted Pounds” program is sponsored by the Wyoming County Diabetes Coalition and by Marshall University.


“We encourage anyone who wants to join a weight-loss program and who needs support to join our group,” said Cook. “’Shed Unwanted Pounds’ is free to anyone who wants to join.”


For more information on the “Shed Unwanted Pounds” program, contact Charlene Cook at (304) 294-6188.


Story submitted by the American Heart Association.


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