"When people ask me how I've done it, I tell them you have to love yourself before you can love other people. And you have to find what's right for you, because what works for others may not be right for you. And lastly, I think accepting that it's a lifestyle change and not a diet is really important. I couldn't have done it without understanding that."

- George, certified surgical technologist at St. Charles Bend, who decided last October that 2021 was going to be a year of change. Since then, he has lost about 120 pounds by making changes to his diet, walking up to 10 miles daily (including step challenges and lots of walking for his job) and using accountability tools available through the health system's Engage for Health wellness program.

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