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Is your fitness program keeping you fat?

Bookmark and Share You've mastered your step aerobics class, vowed to keep the carbs at bay and deleted the words "drive thru" from your vocabulary. So why are you still battling the bulge? The reason may be your exercise routine.

Cheri Mininni of Medford, NJ, worked out with a personal trainer at a local gym. When months went by without results, her trainer referred her to the William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness. "Because my trainer recommended the center, I knew it had to be good," she recalls.

Mininni joined Virtua's Center for Weight Management program, a 12-week program that combines personal training and nutritional counseling. The program begins with a health assessment including fitness level and lifestyle. Participants are then matched with a personal trainer who has the experience, education and training style to help them reach their goals. "Because we tailor the program to each individual's needs, we make it easy to stay motivated and make healthy decisions every day," says Lisa Kulnis, ACE, FitCare coordinator at the center.

Some gyms just give you any trainer available that day. But, the trainers at the center have specialized training and experience in a variety of areas including sports, chronic conditions and specialty populations, such as those with cancer or arthritis.

The program can benefit anyone - even seasoned athletes hoping to hone their skills and meet specific goals. "My program was custom fit for me," says Mininni. "That's what made it successful." Since completing the program, she has lost 35 pounds and continues to exercise and eat right.

Are you ready to finally meet your health and fitness goals? Call 1-888-Virtua-3 to learn more about the Center for Weight Management program at Virtua.

How do you find your perfect personal trainer?
Kulnis offers these tips:

  • Set specific goals. Know what results you want, and your trainer will help you develop a plan.

  • Select a good personal trainer who starts with an in-depth evaluation to determine your fitness level and overall health.

  • Investigate different trainers by watching them with clients, and ask clients about their experience with the trainer.

  • Find out if the trainer is certified. Some certifications a trainer should have include: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE).





    Super foods for Supermoms

    Being a mom is a full time job. Toss in after-school sports, doctor appointments, grocery shopping and work, and you've got yourself a lot of overtime.

    Fellow mom Jessica Moore, RD, is a Virtua dietitian who specializes in pediatric nutrition and adolescent weight management. She says moms today need more than super organizational skills, they need super foods to keep them full of energy all day long.

    "Moms need to keep up with their kids' hectic schedules. But that often means eating on the run, which leads to widening waistlines," says Moore. "Eating on-the-go doesn't mean you have to sacrifice healthy food choices. Today, there are lots of healthy options."

    Learn more about Moore's favorite on-the-go snacks.