Making health a family affair

By Katherine Tellez

December 29, 2013 Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 11:35 AM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- Research shows 45 percent of Americans make New Year's Resolutions. However, only 8 percent actually succeed.

Shawn and Angie Arnold are like many people who want to lose weight.

"We had both tried numerous times to lose weight and just yo-yo'd back and forth," said Angie Arnold.

The couple has two kids and say they didn't have the energy to be active with them.

"I just kind of felt like I wasn't being the best mom that I could be," Arnold said.

That's until they decided to try a health coach.

"It's not about being perfect," certified health coach Christine Pickavet said. "Success if not a straight line. There's going to be ups and downs. The only way you'll fail is if you give up."

The Arnold's health coach helped them lose a combined total of 175 pounds.

The program is centered around healthy behaviors and habits, everything from diet and exercise to finances and other stresses.

"We look at all the areas of your life that you might be challenged with; besides just the scale," Pickavet said. "Because true life is not just a number on a scale."

The couple says this program has changed their entire family.

"They watch you, you're an example to your kids, even the littlest things," Arnold said. "So it's been really neat to teach our kids that health is important."

Angie, Shawn and their daughter recently finished their first 5K.

"I always wanted to do it but just never thought that we could achieve that goal," said Arnold. "Like it was just kind of a dream."

You can learn more about this program at an informational meeting December 30.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka Public Library.