Drawing on her own challenges with weight loss and healthy eating, the Revere Karate Academyâ€™s Doreen DiRienzo has put together an innovative, 10-week course to help participants change to healthier behaviors and lifestyles.
The program has been dubbed â€™10 weeks to a healthier youâ€™ and will include a weekly fitness/cardio workout, nutrition classes and 24/7 access to DiRienzo for advice on healthy eating.
â€œThis is a different way of looking at weight loss,â€ she said. â€œLots of times people go on weight loss programs and they donâ€™t work. They donâ€™t teach them the most critical thing and thatâ€™s learning the habits of healthy eating. Who doesnâ€™t know that a carrot is better for them than a cookie? I teach them what eating healthy really means and how to make good, solid choices when it comes to eating.â€
She also said she isnâ€™t setting deadlines for her students, as she doesnâ€™t find deadlines effective.
â€œItâ€™s always a deadline that never comes,â€ she said.
She said she has just finished the first offering of the 10-week class, and everyone in the class found a good deal of success. Many said they enjoyed having access to DiRienzo around the clock.
â€œIâ€™m available for advice on e-mail and getting together,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s really constant communication from me.â€
DiRienzo conceived the plan due to her own battle with weight loss, and her success in winning that battle.
â€œI know my own battle with this,â€ she said. â€œI have personally lost 105 pounds and I didnâ€™t do it overnight. I did it by systematically undoing bad habits I had. Exercising was something I always did. For me, it was food choices. I grew up on the three Italian food groups â€“ pizza, pasta and bread. I had to change all that.â€
DiRienzo will have an orientation session at the Academy on Friday, March 29th, at 5:30 p.m. Classes in the 10-week program will start on April 1st. The Academy is located at 144 Broadway.