Chuck Bent, HMR Director
When asked in 2010 if I wanted to be a Health Coach, I responded: "And Help people lose weight? I couldn't think of anything I would rather do More!"
When I joined the HMR program in 2007 as a client, I was 100 lbs heavier, could barely climb one or two flights of stairs, and if I tried to "exercise" and walked two miles, I was done for the rest of the day. I had tried to lose weight on my own, but with all the mis-information out there - instead of losing weight I kept gaining. Consequently the doctor kept increasing my medications, and I was becoming less and less healthy.
Twelve months after joining the HMR program I was down 80 lbs, and actually competed in a 4.4 mile stair race. I finished 27th in my age group out of 1500 runners. My annual lab work is now "flawless" and my doctor is more pleased than ever. Now, helping others regain their health, reduce or eliminate their medications, and improve their quality-of-life, is my passion, is our passion, and is what all of our Health Educators do!
The HMR Weight Loss program was just named by U.S. News and World Report as a Top Diet for 2015, and has two to three times more documented weight loss than any other weight-loss program. Our Goal with HMR is to get the weight off as quickly as possible, get the client to their goal weight, and then teach them how to stay there for the rest of their life. Most of us have all lost that same 30 or 40 lbs over and over again. But our goal here at Milestone is to teach our clients about long term healthy habits and Life Style Change.
Our weekly classes are fun, motivating, and engaging. Clients share successes, challenges, recipes and strategies, while learning about proper nutrition, portion control, exercise, label reading, and tips for long-term success.
Chuck became HMR Director in November of 2014. He has a B.S. in Mathematics and an MSBA from California Polytechnic, and an MTS Degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology/Seminary in Indiana. He worked his way through high school and college as a butcher, traveled the U.S. and the world as an Audit Manager for a Fortune-100 conglomerate, has been to every state except Alaska multiple times, and moved to Louisville in 1997. He currently serves as a Deacon at St. Margaret Mary Parish, views his "role" at Milestone as his "ministry," is very passionate in everything he does, and whenever he talks about his wife of 42 years, Cyndi, he will proudly let you know that he falls in love with her over and over again each and every day.
HMR assistant director, health educator
Gioia has been with Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center since 2009 and specifically in HMR since 2014. Arriving in Louisville in 1996 from our northern neighbors in Connecticut, Gioia has a BA degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in CT and has aligned her knowledge and skills with her passion for health, nutrition, fitness and helping others. Being a two-time breast cancer survivor, Gioia strongly believes that food and exercise can greatly impact our health and longevity. She believes in the HMR Program and will offer positive encouragement and coaching to help HMR clients reach their health and weight goals.