Kyle Woolum // S.T.O.P. Program
2 years ago Kristina Woolum set up a doctor’s appointment for her son Kyle. She was worried his weight may have been becoming an issue. “I wanted to make sure he wasn’t becoming diabetic or anything like that,” she stated, “this generation is the first that will not live longer than their parents and that is scary.” Kyle and his mom met with Dr. Dreier for his yearly physical and to talk about his weight. “Dr. Dreier did a blood test and everything came back okay, but then she told us about the STOP program.”
The STOP Program is a physician referred 12-week weight management program for children and adolescents ages 7-17. Kyle’s start in the program was not an easy one, “I really didn’t want to go and I wasn’t happy being there, but after a week I really got into it.” Kyle really appreciated the help he received from the ladies teaching his class, “They made it fun, easy, and I never felt alone.” Throughout his time in the program he learned about portion control, eating healthy, and increasing his exercise.
“When we found out dad had high cholesterol it pushed us to do better as a family. At that point it really became a household effort”, Mrs. Woolum recalled. Since learning better habits from the program Mr. Woolum has lowered his cholesterol, Mrs. Woolum has lost 15 pounds, and Kyle has lost an amazing 21 pounds. Kyle, who loves to play sports, credits the program for making him faster, improving his flexibility, and giving him more energy when playing baseball.
When asked what helped the most during the program Mrs. Woolum replied, “The house worksheet really helped.” The STOP house was created 12 years ago by Reid employees Christie Ferriell, Michelle McClurg, and Kris Ankeny. Christie explained, “Although the food pyramid, now known as My Pyramid, is a useful tool in teaching nutrition concepts, we have found that our food house is more easily understood by children. Each food group is color coded with a specific number of blocks (or rooms) representing the necessary servings from each food group in order to keep the body ‘house’ nutritionally balanced. The Food House lends itself well to concepts such as attic foods being used less often. This correlates with someone spending less time in their attic than other rooms at home. Another concept used is that if a serving (block) is missing from a particular group, the house will collapse. The food house is used to represent the importance of each food group needed in specific amounts to ensure a healthy diet. We also discuss ‘remodeling your diet,’ such as you might remodel a house.”
Kyle was appreciative of his mother for urging him to participate, “without her I wouldn’t have been in the program.” One take away he really enjoys is using his FitBit to track his activity. He is beyond proud of his goal of 17,000 steps a day, “I reach it almost every day too! Some days I even go over it!” Kyle and his family are exceptionally thankful for all of the tools they received from the STOP Program and they continue to try to increase their overall wellness. For more information on the STOP Program you can talk to your family doctor, go to ReidHealth.org, or call 765-983-3423.