PLATTSBURGH — Tammy Trombley and Holly Smith were each battling weight-control problems, and both Plattsburgh women found a helping hand at Behavioral Health Services North.
Through its Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) Program, BHSN introduced Trombley, Smith and several other local residents to Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds, a service that connects mental health and physical health to improve the overall health of clients.
“Focusing on the whole person is really important when trying to address mental-health issues,” said Rheta Recore, a senior rehab practitioner and licensed mental-health counselor for BHSN.
“It’s been well documented that people have decreased symptoms of depression when incorporating healthy diets and exercise into their lifestyle.
“In our program, we talk about how someone can make small changes (to promote a healthy lifestyle) and feel better both mentally and physically.”
Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds has done just that for Trombley and Smith.
“I’ve been struggling with my weight my entire life,” said Trombley, who said she once gained 175 pounds while she was taking a prescription medication.
“When I was depressed, I liked to eat junk food, drink soda. I became so overweight that I would wear men’s clothes to hide my weight problem.”
She joined Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds a year ago and began to take the “small steps” that the group promotes as the most successful way to gain results.
She and a friend tried to sign up for the Plattsburgh Biggest Loser contest last December but were not chosen for that round. A caseworker then hooked Trombley up with a personal trainer, and she soon saw positive results in her weight-loss efforts.
She has lost 65 pounds since December and has set a goal to lose 50 more. She feels much better physically and has gained self-confidence from the weight loss.