KEARNEY – A 12-week pilot study of diet and fitness is underway this summer.
It is a joint partnership between the CHI Health Good Samaritan Wellness Center and Kearney Crossfit & Personal Training.
The study, which involved 22 Good Sam volunteers, focuses on diet, exercise, and nutrition. The goal is “through fitness to have a positive impact on as many lives as possible,” said Trevor Brown, owner of Kearney Crossfit.
Bill Bonner, Good Sam’s director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services and director of the wellness center, said hospital staff and their families eagerly came forward to participate “within a day and a half” of learning about the study.
Since the start of the study on May 25:
– The group lost more than 135 pounds of fat, or an average of 6 pounds per person.
– A participant lost 17 pounds of body fat and gained 7 pounds of muscle in just four weeks.
The participants weigh in every two weeks and provide other data. “We take great care to ensure that people don’t lose muscle when they lose fat. It’s super important to get as much muscle as possible, ”said Brown.
It’s fun too, he emphasized. “If you don’t enjoy the process, you won’t get long-term results. At some point people give up and return to old habits. We want to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. “