There are many compelling reasons that motivate people to come to Hilton Head Health. The most obvious is weight loss but the programs go much deeper than calories and exercise. Before coming to H3, my eating schedule was haphazard at best. Many mornings all I had was coffee and wouldn’t eat until mid-morning or afternoon. In July, I saw my physician and was diagnosed with diabetes. I should have seen it coming; poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, a family history of the disease, and gaining weight in the perfect apple silhouette. That’s when I knew I had to make a change and commit to managing diabetes with diet and exercise.
Colleen Palmiter, New York
When I arrived at H3 I was physically and mentally defeated. I could not intellectually figure out how to begin to fix years of physical and mental neglect… Today I am like a new woman – maybe I was re-born at H3 because when I was there I felt like a child again, smiling joyfully as I tried new things – pushing myself while learning to have fun being active and physically exerting myself! My goal for the future is to continue to lose weight – I would like to lose another 20-25 pounds which I know I can do – yes I can, to get off blood pressure meds, to continue to enjoy exercise and activity and not let food be the enemy anymore. To share a healthy future with my husband – my team mate, my best friend.
Deniese M. Chaney, MPH, North Carolina
The first time I came to H3, I stayed for 2-weeks. It was during that stay that I was really able to learn what I SHOULD be doing—I realized I needed a lifestyle change, not just exercise OR nutrition—but rather a combination of the two. Living a balanced, healthy lifestyle was a challenge for me, as my job requires me to travel quite a bit—and trying to keep up with exercise and eat healthy proved to be difficult for me. However, at H3 I was provided tools to help and discovered more about myself.
Erik Khoobyarian, California
The opportunities for success were abundant at H3. I loved the sunrise beach walk every morning it was offered. I attended classes and I participated actively in all of the ones I attended. I even tried new things that intimidated me previously. I ate right and as prescribed (that part wasn't hard because having gourmet food prepared for you three times a day makes it easy!). I slept well and kept my attention away from the stresses of the office. I was prepared for the basics of H3 and I embraced them fully.
Hugh Mensch, North Carolina
While at the H3, I lost 7 pounds. But that’s not the best part. We returned from Hilton Head Health two months ago. In those two months we have had 2 week-long vacations, two birthday parties and a wedding in addition to our normal social schedule. We continue to eat out about 7 times a week. In spite of all that, I have lost 15 more pounds and we both are fitting into smaller sizes. Even my golf scores are lower!
September Kanigowski, Michigan
I had high expectations for H3, and they met and exceeded every one of them. In my short 10-day stay, I learned about how to go from an unhealthy sedentary life to an active healthy life. Since I began there on May 23 thru June 23, I have lost 39 pounds, I feel tons better. I went from never working out to working out 5-6 times a week. I hired a personal trainer who I work out with 1 time a week. I count all my calories. I have my three Metabo meals a day. I am making it work because I learned and decided to fit my job, my responsibilities into my workout.
Tina Barr, Tennessee
Hilton Head Health has changed my life. When I arrived, I had high blood levels for pre-diabetes and heart disease. The middle fingers of my left hand were curling up involuntarily; my nervous system was shot. I was having short term memory problems due to stress. I was in an emotionally vulnerable state and 30 pounds overweight. I know that not only have I lost weight, I feel like a new human being. I feel far physically stronger, and I am back in balance. H3 doesn't just allow us to educate ourselves about exercise health, nutrition, and weight loss, but it allows us a space in which to reassess our lives, our priorities and our core values.
Victor Aldrich, Florida
I stayed at H3 for three weeks, and in just those three weeks – I not only lost 24 lbs, but I completely transformed my life. It’s wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do; it was that I didn’t know how to do it. H3 taught me how to change my behaviors – how to eat healthy and how to exercise…My stay was the complete mind, body and soul experience.