“Eat Your Way Out of Diabetes & Obesity!” Event Features New York Times Best Seller


Positive Momentum, LLC will be hosting its third event for their “Taking Charge of Your Health” Seminar Series in Highland County, and this time, the author of the New York Times Best Seller “The New Atkins for a New You” will be the presenter.  Co-owners Steve Fullerton and Somers Stephenson have the details.

Steve begins by saying, “Our next event is Saturday, August 18, 2018 at The Highland Center in Monterey, Virginia.  The name of the event is ‘EAT Your Way Out of Diabetes & Obesity!’ and it features Dr. Eric Westman, who’s an Associate Professor at Duke University.  He’s also the Director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic and board-certified in Internal and Obesity Medicine.”

Somers says, “Our hope is to draw attention to the health crisis that we’re facing in our country and our county with diabetes and obesity.  Statistics on these are just incredibly staggering.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that of the 300 million people in our country, 100 million are prediabetic or diabetic, and of the ones with prediabetes, 88% do not know that they have diabetes, so what we want to do is, most people in our country have no idea that their diabetes can be reversed.  They think that they are doomed to insulin the rest of their life, and the truth is that they are not, and that’s what you will hear from Dr. Westman.  He is going to going to go over his clinically-tested protocol for treating diabetes, and it’s pretty impressive.  This is a clinical test that was done at Duke University, and over the five years that he did this clinical trial, he treated 4,000 patients.  They lost thousands and thousands of pounds, and of those 4,000 patients, 98% of them were type 2 diabetics, and now they are off of insulin, so this is what we hope to do at our session on Saturday, August the 18th, is give people hope because there is hope through eating the correct way, and that’s what we want to enlighten people with, is that they don’t have to be a diabetic.”

Steve says that, so far, the series has exceeded expectations, with much volunteer support and donations.  There are also committed sponsors for the upcoming event.  He says, “We now have nine of our ten event sponsors locked in, and they are Shamrock & Stephenson Realty, Riven Rock Farm, Fireside Farm, Sharon Hevener and Bill Rich, Marion and Hill Ewald, Jubilee Farm, Lily of the Valley Farm, Obaugh Funeral Home, and one anonymous donor.”

Somers says proceeds from the event will go to a local initiative: “We are providing standup desks for Rachael Mitchell’s 2nd Grade at the elementary school, so Rachel started a GoFundMe Fund, and we have, to date, put about $2,000 in to that fund with donations from people, but, also, the proceeds that we have had from the other events that we have put on have brought it up to about $2,200, and we’ve got about $5,500 to go to buy all the desks, and our goal for the Westman event on August 18th is to contribute another $1,500.”

Steve concludes with where to go to learn more.  He says, “The best place to find details on the event is at www.eventbrite.com, and if you search for Monterey, Virginia and Positive Momentum, you’ll find the event, and tickets are also available for the event at VPAS on Spruce Street in Monterey.  If you have any questions, you could email me at sfullerton24551@gmail.com.”

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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