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Veronica’s Secret to Success

HAP member Veronica Hill-Phillips admits she had a love afair with food. Problem was, the fast food she ate didn’t love her back.

“I wasn’t making good food choices and it afected my health,” says Veronica, 56, a retired postal worker from Detroit. “Climbing stairs became harder. Shopping wasn’t fun because I was too tired to walk at the mall.”

Her wake up call came during an appointment with her doctor. Veronica learned that she had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. “I knew then that I needed to change my life, it was time to get healthy,” Veronica said. That’s when she took advantage of her HAP member discount and joined Weight Watchers®.

Armed with some serious motivation, Veronica never missed a single Weight Watchers® meeting. “I learned the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, having smaller portions, and planning ahead,” Veronica says. “I also began riding an exercise bike and jumping rope. I’ve lost 71 pounds since January 2011 and have never felt better!”

Inspired by her success, Veronica’s husband James gave Weight Watchers® a try and he has lost 26 pounds on the plan. Veronica shared some of her secrets for continued weight loss success.

“Eat some fruit or vegetables, like an apple or carrot sticks, before sitting down for a holiday meal or before dining out,” she says. “That way you’re less likely to overeat.” Veronica also recommends putting on your exercise clothes frst thing in the morning, or as soon as you get home from work, that way you are dressed and ready to exercise. “No excuses,” she says. “I still do this every morning.”

Thanks to HAP’s partnership with Weight Watchers®, you can save on a 12-week session. HAP HMO and Alliance plan members pay only $25 to join. If you attend at least 10 out of 12 meetings, HAP will pay the balance. Members can attend up to four 12-week sessions. That’s 48 weeks – almost a full year to learn the Weight Watchers® healthy lifestyle habits.

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of this discount,” says Veronica. Weight Watchers® worked for her, and it can work for you, too!

To enroll, call (888) 3-FLORINE and mention that you’re a HAP member, or go online at and provide your HAP HMO or Alliance ID number.

Maybe you’re newly single and thinking about dating again. You might have questions about how to fnd someone new at this stage of life. Are there enough other single people my age? Is it possible to fnd love the second time around? Is dating really worth the efort?

The answer to these questions is a resounding “YES!” says Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and professor of sociology at Oakland University.

“Finding a partner or a companion after age 50 is 100 percent possible,” says Orbuch, author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship (Sourcebooks). “There are over 100 million singles in the U.S. today, and four out of 10 were previously married. If you’re ready to trust and care about another person again, then you’re ready to date.”

Dr. Orbuch ofered these ideas for meeting singles:

Join a group activity that meets regularly and often.

“It could be a book club, exercise class or a wine tasting group. It’s easier to meet people when you share a common interest.”

Ask friends and family if they know a single who

shares your interests and values. “This is a nice way to meet someone, because you already share a common bond.”

Go online. “It’s no longer a stigma to meet people

through online dating websites. It’s a great way to get your feet wet if you haven’t dated in a long time. A popular site among people over 50 is .”

Whether you’re seeking love or a close companion, Dr. Orbuch says it’s important to keep an upbeat attitude toward dating.

“People tend to fnd someone special when they are hopeful and positive,” she says. “An optimistic approach to dating really does work.”

Rejoining the Dating Game

Dating Safety Tips

Keep frst dates brief and meet in a public

place, like a cofee shop or restaurant.

Exchange cell phone numbers with your

date instead of home or work numbers.

Don’t disclose personal information about

yourself during frst dates.

Ask a friend to call you in the middle of the

date to make sure you’re okay.

Trust your intuition and pay attention to

any early warning signs that this might not be the right person for you – you’re probably right.

Terri Orbuch, Ph.D. Veronica before

“I was slowly killing myself with unhealthy habits, but now I’m living, I feel great. I’m doing this for me.”

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