The Biggest Winner

clientuploads/our_impact/Gonzalez-full.jpgBernadette’s Y experience began last spring, when she visited the West Essex YMCA and learned about our Biggest Winner Program. To a single Mom, looking for work and having put on many unwanted pounds in recent years, the program sounded intriguing. A year-round gym  membership was a luxury that she could not afford, but the Biggest Winner Program was just 8 weeks. Bernadette decided that she could make that 8-week commitment, to get on the road to better health.

“I just love it here at the Y, and the weight loss program was terrific.  I felt motivated, and couldn’t believe all of the weight that I lost. I set a realistic goal of 1-2 pounds a week, and the Y staff here was such an inspiration to me. They taught me how to eat right & to live healthier.”

“When I first started I never thought that I would win, but I ended up losing 16 pounds! I feel so good and I love it. Life has been so hard, and the Biggest Winner Program was a first step toward things looking better for me. When I look at my success, I think that maybe things are not so bad.  I feel healthier, I have a new job, and life is looking better. It all started here at the Y.”

Bernadette is now a full facility member of our Y. 

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