Like the Sargents, Michael plans to continue working to change habits for a healthier lifestyle for herself and to be a good role model for her children.
Lessons for us all
Solberg and Thornton said some of the things people can learn from the experiences of project participants are:
Reduce sugar consumption from sodas and fruit juices and drinks.
Eat a balanced diet with whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
Don't eat mindlessly. By eating at the table rather than in front of the television, Smith, 34, found her meals more enjoyable. Also, she wasn't overeating.
Make exercising a priority for the entire family. This might be helped by limiting the total screen time (TV, computer, video games) so the family gets outside. Give kids more outdoor play time, which doesn't have to be structured play.