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Shaping up with water fitness B SPLASH where I was having to get a cortisone injection every 30 days, plus take pain medicine.” His physician recommended trying water aerobics instead. Besides adding exercise to his routine, Bastian also changed his eating habits. His hard work paid big dividends. “I’ve lost 149 pounds so far and I can walk a lot farther now,” he says. “My knees don’t hurt. I haven’t had a cortisone injection since I started the class, and I no longer need the pain medication.” MAKE A utch Bastian of Tupelo enrolled in the Water POWER class to lose weight, but he gained a lot in the process. The POWER in Water POWER is an acronym for People Over Weight Exercising Regularly. Jeffrey Bailey, who has lost more than 270 pounds by watching what he eats and faithfully exercising at the Wellness Center for several years, launched the class in April 2008. His goal with the class is to help individuals like him who are at least 100 pounds overweight with a body mass index of 40 or greater. Bailey’s success has been featured on several occasions on The Oprah Winfrey Show. FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP But Bastian gained a lot more from Water POWER than he ever could have imagined. “The class is more than just people doing water aerobics together,” he says. “It’s friends doing things we enjoy together.” Water POWER participants and their families meet outside of class at least once a month for a healthy lunch or picnic at a local park. When Bastian recently had a health scare and underwent tests on his heart, he was overwhelmed by the class members’ outpouring of concern. “They volunteered to sit with my girlfriend, they offered rides and anything they could do to help,” he says. “Everybody has such a good attitude. The class is one of the best remedies there is for all kinds of problems.” Water POWER meets for one hour three mornings each week. The class is free to Wellness Center members, and nonmembers may attend for $100 per quarter. Interested individuals A LIFE-CHANGING ACCIDENT Bastian was a meat cutter for 25 years in Philadelphia before moving to Tupelo. “I weighed 230 pounds and had a 30-inch waist. I was a football player and a bouncer,” he says. “I lifted sides of meat for a living and I was in great shape.” Then tragedy struck in 1987 when a severe electrical shock did substantial damage to his left arm, and his thyroid and pituitary glands. Over the next Butch 18 months he continually gained weight, Bastian reaching more than 580 pounds. Trying every diet program imaginable, Bastian finally lost about 100 pounds. But at 479 pounds, he still easily met the criteria for Water POWER when he joined the class in November 2008. “I was suffering with bad knees,” says Bastian, 68. “I had been getting cortisone injections for the pain in my knees every six months. Then it got to 52 Vim & Vigor · W IN TER 2 010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi
Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts
Lives Renewed
Hands-On Approach
Smart Moves
Miss Information
Stroke Sense
Gut Feelings
On the Cover - The Story on Stress
The Faces of Skin Cancer
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
A Natural Dilemma
17 Reasons to Work in Healthcare
Aerobics Roundup
Make a Splash
It’s a Great Place to Work
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2010 - North Mississippi