When Virginia L. Harwell started Real Appeal she had already been enrolled in a grant-funded weight loss and diabetes prevention pilot program. Both programs helped her shed 30 pounds.
Harwell is the Executive Assistant to the Medical Director at the Department of State Health Services Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen.
“The main reason I decided to start this program was the need to lose weight and control my blood sugar,” says Harwell. “Back in February, my A1C was at 6.9—now it is at 5.8”
She is extremely enthusiastic about Real Appeal and is having great success.
“With Real Appeal, you get helpful information about eating, exercise and strengthening your muscles,” says Harwell. “I’ve learned a lot about checking food labels, the importance of getting enough sleep and making healthier food choices.”
“I really like my online counselor, Anita. We meet every Tuesday. She motivates and always encourages me. I get a lot of support, especially when I’m down or stressed out.”