Friday, March 29, 2013

Weld County Woman Drops 60 Pounds, Inspires Others to Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

Ofelia Orozco
Ofelia Orozco was obese, diabetic, and sick and tired of being sick and tired. In 2005, Ms. Orozco was diagnosed with diabetes, had cholesterol levels off the charts at 500, and had elevated liver numbers that caused her to experience stomach pains and emotional stress. She also had high blood pressure (250/140) and was often dizzy and tired. Her doctor warned her that she was quite sick and needed to make lifestyle changes.

Ms. Orozco decided to take immediate action. She enrolled in a program sponsored by the Weld County Health Department to learn about healthy lifestyle changes, including how to
prevent and manage diabetes. One year later, Orozco had lost over 30 pounds. Her blood pressure and cholesterol began to enter the normal ranges. Today, her diabetes risk has all but disappeared, and she barely requires any medication. 

“I changed the whole way my kitchen and life is organized —I changed it to fit my new lifestyle — no more junk food, processed food, or soda. I eat mostly vegetables, a little fish, and take a daily walk of at least 40 minutes” says Orozco. “I am now a size 8 and used to be a size 20.”

Ms. Orozco also became an inspiration to others. She works as a community health educator for the health department and has been inspirational to helping her daughter get healthy. 

“We now spend time cooking and eating together” says Orozco.  “Make the healthy changes 
now, so your kids don’t have to push you around in a wheelchair later.”

Orozco has kept the weight off for the past seven years and enjoys how her new lifestyle makes her feel, both physically and mentally.

April 1-7 is National Public Health Week: A Return on Investment. To learn more about Weld County health activities and initiatives, go to
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