I’ve been a patient at UHP for four years. Two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I weighed 253 pounds and had a 38-inch waist. This was serious; I was so upset. My mother died of complications from diabetes and my grandmother was diabetic and lost her sight. I was overweight, depressed, and stressed out, but then I met Cecibel Goler who recommended me for the Life Enhancement Program.
There are three things I learned to do from the program: exercise for 30 minutes every day, eat healthy and take my medication. Over the past 10 months, I lost 53 pounds. I feel great and feel 20 years younger. This program saved my life. I don’t have to take my diabetes medication anymore. Even my high blood pressure is under control!
I learned how to eat and how to exercise. Before I would eat two pizzas with extra cheese. Now I don’t eat red meat, no pizza, only chicken and fish. I used to belong to a gym in Hunts Point, but I never worked out. I wasn’t motivated. But at the LEP, you have Luis the personal trainer, Patricia, and Cecibel the nutritionist. I exercise five days a week at the gym at LEP, one day at home, and I rest one day.
I wish someone had told me how to live this way. I would have done this years ago. I smile more now; life is totally different. I tell everyone about this program. I want them to feel the way I feel. Before I always had negative thoughts; “I’m sick, I have diabetes.” Now I don’t even think about it. I’m controlling the diabetes, it doesn’t control me.
CRI Life Enhancement Program at Urban Health Plan
South Bronx. NY