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Profile by Sanford new at Worthington’s Y

Shown are Kerri Hooge (left) and America Voss, coaches for the Profile by Sanford program at the Worthington Area YMCA. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — When walking into the Worthington Area YMCA, folks may notice a new addition.

Sanford has made the Y its new hub for its Profile by Sanford program.

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“We actually approached Sanford early in the fall with the interest in bringing a new nutrition and diet program to the YMCA,” said Andy Johnson, the Worthington Y’s executive director.

Profile by Sanford is a weight management program designed by Sanford Health physicians and scientists as a simple, effective and sustainable solution to wellness.

“Nutrition, behavior modification and increasing activity is crucial in maintaining weight loss,” said Jane Novonty, business development manager for Profile by Sanford. “For clients to achieve this, included in the program are coaches to help people achieve their goals.”

The program uses a Profile coach to keep track of a client’s progress and discuss ways to better help them. The program also uses integrated complementary technology to directly connect the coach and the member through their journey.

“When you join, you receive an electronic scale, known as a smart scale, that not only records your weight progress when you step on it, but also your fat, muscle and hydration percentage,” Novotny said. “In total it takes in seven different readings and graphs it, then uploads the information to the client’s private online profile so they can see their health progress.”

The program also offers optional wireless blood pressure cuffs and a digital tape measure, with the results also uploading to the client’s profile.

Profile by Sanford is unique because each client receives a personalized program.

“The coaches at Profile are great about making sure people are on the right protocol before they even start the program,” Johnson said. “They need to know if there are any current health issues with clients before any kind of training starts, and to decide what protocol to put clients on.

“That is what makes Profile so different from other weight loss programs,” Johnson added. “You know they’re not just there to sell a product; they’re there to help people.”

The different protocols in Profile by Sanford are based on existing health conditions, current weight and activity level, as well as each client’s specific goals are. The eating plan is also customized to each client’s needs and goals. Profile by Sanford offers a variety of its own products such as shakes, granola bars, oatmeal, and even a pizza. However, the protocols incorporate grocery food as well.

“This isn’t a cookie cutter program,” Novonty said. “Everything is customized to each individual person.”

Profile by Sanford will be hosting orientations at the Worthington YMCA at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. It is not a requirement to be a YMCA member to attend the orientations, or to be a part of Profile by Sanford.

“A lot of the clients we get see are physician referrals, but we also encourage people to walk in and check it out,” said America Voss, a Profile coach at the Worthington location. “So far, the response has been great here. I think we get about six new clients a week and we’re adding two more coaches to meet the demand of clients that we have.”

For more information on Profile by Sanford and to speak with one of the coaches in Worthington location, call 295-3530.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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