CAMBRIDGE -- Every year, many people finish up the holiday season with a New Year's resolution to lose weight. To help individuals meet their healthy weight loss and exercise goals, Southeastern Med will offer two sessions of the Group Lifestyle Balance (GLB) program beginning in January.

GLB is a diabetes prevention and education program created to provide a fun and supportive way to learn how to eat healthy and increase physical activity for a lifetime. Each GLB class offered by Southeastern Med is led by a health care professional who completed the GLB training workshop provided by the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center.

The goals for each GLB participant are to achieve and maintain a weight loss of 7 percent, and to safely and gradually increase to 150 minutes per week of moderately intense physical activity similar to a brisk walk.

"Most weight loss plans are fads that offer short-term solutions to a long-term problem," said Chelsea Masters, RD, Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med and a GLB Program Leader. "Many people find these plans impossible to stay on for a lengthy period of time.

Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of enjoyable exercise and diet.

By balancing food intake and exercise, you can achieve your ideal weight."

The new sessions of GLB will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. starting Jan. 7 at the Community HealthLink and on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. at the Guernsey County Library Crossroads Branch.Throughout the year, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work.

The group schedule includes 22 sessions during a 12 month period of time.

The initial 12 sessions are held weekly with the remaining sessions gradually fading from weekly, to bi-weekly, to finally monthly.

The fee for the class is $40. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

For information about the class, call 740-435-2946.