Group empowers each other to lead healthy lifestyle

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

REDLANDS, Colo. (KKCO) -- Many people are concerned about healthcare, insurance and their ability to afford medical care. Those concerns are exactly what motivated a group of women in the Redlands to take charge of their health and the key to their success was each other.

It all started as a social experiment to see what would happen if a neighborhood group sat and had dinner together for six weeks and then plugged in exercise five times a week and the outcome exceeded everyone's expectations.

Like many of us, Deb Watters, knew she needed to make lifestyle changes in order to improve her health. And it wasn't until she received a little motivation through group support that she was able to do it. Not only did she manage to eat better and lose weight, but her blood pressure has gone down.

“I’ve made a lot of changes. I have been able to introduce my blood pressure medicine, which is something I want to get off of completely. And so it's reduced and my blood pressure is down- which is all a good thing," said Deb Watters of The Redlands Village Supper Club.

Paula Anderson is the founder of the Redlands Village Supper Club. Her passion is food and believes healthy eating is affordable health care.

“I believe that the missing link is support and connection. I think that we're as hungry for that as we are for food," said Paula Anderson, Redlands Village Supper Club Founder.

The club would meet weekly, have meals together, set up exercise dates and motivate each other maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Anderson says the answer to adopting a healthy lifestyle- lies right here in our community.

“We look to agencies and organizations and the government to solve our problems and our solutions are among ourselves and with each other," said Anderson.

For The Redlands village Supper Club, the social experiment proved to be a success and group hopes to inspire others in our community.

“The thing that was always missing was others to do it with and having accountability to others and that's what this group has been able to do for me," said Watters.

“I think that it's very empowering, when a few people can get together and say I can do this and you really can," said Anderson.

If you would like more information on how you can create your own community group, Anderson, is happy to share her advice. You can e-mail her at

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