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O m ceremonies Local volunteers get into the spirit of, lifestyle balance BY JUDY HIBBS Everyone notices the results. The participants feel a great sense of accomplishment. A long jour- ney hasn't ended - it has turned into a healthier way of life. The first of several Catalina Island Medical Center "Stepping Into Health" Group Lifestyle Balance Classes held its gradua- tion recently. Mike and Linda Rhoutsong, Andrew and Caitlin Quintana, Leticia Romero, Martha Flores, Case Manager Tracy Matthews and others started this adventure in October 2013. Ten months later- after 12 weekly sessions, six weeks of twice a month meetings and six once a month gatherings they have completed the University of Pittsburg curriculum and received their official "diplomas." Some original participants have moved off of the island, while others in the class were unable to attend the graduation but still achieved enviable results. "I learned a lot and started to believe after the encouragement that I could make the changes and do things I wasn't able to do before" shared Martha Flores who committed to come to class each session. She did the work to make life- style changes, and literally altered her health risks. She now boasts a clean bill of health and a remark- able "before and after" photo. Flores continued, "I met a lot of cool people; the group hikes really inspired me to get going and I now have the tools to con- tinue to my goal?' Mike Rhoutsong said, "learn- ing to eat properly, how important physical exercise is, and 'sticking to it', were the keys" for him and his wife Linda. Caitlin Quintana explained that "the biggest thing this program showed me is to not focus on a num- ber on the scale. Anytime I would feel discouraged on how much weight I have still to lose, I would just remember that the important thing is that I am healthier this year than I was last. I eat better, am overall physically in better shape, and am accomplishing my goals little by little. I feel great, and this program showed me how to change my overall lifestyle." Andrew Quintana expressed his gratitude for having the ongoing help and support of the Lifestyle Coach, Tracy Matthews, RN. He shared, "it was really encouraging at times when I thought I might just give up". Leticia Romero commented, the program "was exactly what I needed to meet my goal. The extra push to revisit my eating habits and incorporate exercise made me feel stress free and lowered my cholesterol. Thank you Tracy and the lifestyle program?' Several other ongoing Group Lifestyle Balance classes are on track to complete their course week in early Fall. Then the next step -just like the Nike slogan - is to "Just Do It." Some group members have chosen to take part in the newly formed the TOPS Club meeting weekly at CIMC on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. As a way to have continued sup- port. "Take Off Pounds Sensibly" is a successful supportive program that is economical and effective. Rate Case From page 1 Office of Ratepayer Advocates (which is part of the Public Utilities Commission) and The Utility Reform Network, as well as Edison. According to Griff't0g~F-,dj~+-~, had originally asked for an 85 percent increase in :v~ater :rates on the Island. The settlement, if approved, would result in a 7.5 percent increase. "This was accomplished by all parties agreeing to a one-time transfer of some costs to SCE's 5.3 million electric customers - a charge of 11 cents per month for 12 months," Griffin said. "ALL parties agreed that while unusual, this was the only viable alternative to drastically increasing Island water rates, already the highest in the state?' Edison serves more than 14 million electricity customers, according to the company web- site. Avalon's population is about 4,000. Bishtn said an administrative law judge had approved the settle- Bishton said that while four commissioners had indicated "We haven't seen the Alternate Opinion yet, so we cannot com- ment on it,'.' Griffin said. "But, it is very disappointing that Commissioner Sandoval chose this course of action instead of ment in,July. .................. simply voting +n0" 6t tiie:settle- Griffin said all parties to the ment. All parties to the rate case case went to San Francisco last would like to see it settled and week to ask the utility commis- move on?' sioners to approve the settle- ment at their August meeting. Representatives of all the involved groups met with representatives of the commissioners. Bishton said that four of the commissioners approved. But according to Bishton, Commissioner Sandoval did not approve as a matter of principal with transferring part of Catalina's water costs to Edison's electricity customers. It really was a family effort for "Stepping Into Health" graduates (left to right) Andrew Quintana and his wife Caitlin Quintana (holding daughter Belial Leticia Romero, Martha Flores (with her son Christian, 8 holding her diploma), Linda Rhoutsong, Tracy Matthews, and Linda's husband Mike Rhoutsong. Courtesy photo Congratulations to the "Stepping Into Health" grads. You'll be seeing continued health improvments from them in the weeks and months ahead as they put all that they learned alongside new habits they cre- ated into making nutritious choices and pursuing healthy exercise. The education and activities outcome is weight loss and a healthier futui'e. : - : .... Catalina Island Medical Center's mission is to provide quality healthcare to each indi- vidual and improve the overall health of the community. For more information about alternatives and opportunities to partner with others in a health- ier lifestyle contact the CIMC Medical Group at (310) 510- 0096. 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