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DeWitt: Woman with Down Syndrome earns lifetime membership with Weight Watchers

Julie Tennant, a 31-year-old woman with Down Syndrome, made a significant health choice last year and is reaping the awards from it today.

Last week, the Weight Watchers support group in DeWitt celebrated not only Tennant's successful loss of 37 pounds but also her achievement in becoming a Weight Watcher's lifetime member -- which is not an easy feat.

In order to achieve that particular membership status, individuals must reach a weight goal that is within the WW ranges, or a healthy weight that has been determined by their physician. Participants also have to complete a six-week maintenance plan prior to being presented with a symbolic Lifetime Key award.

Tennant opted for a lifestyle change during one of the hardest times of the year -- just before the holiday season. And her challenge didn't stop there. She also works for Penny Curtiss Bakery -- a temptation in itself.

How'd she do it? Lots of water and portion control, she said, sharing her secrets during the group meeting. Tennant joined WW in an effort to lower her cholesterol and lead a healthier lifestyle.

WW leader and mentor Nancy Muserlian, who heads the group session on Thursdays in Dewitt, cheered her success story with numerous others facing the similar weight issues.

"Her total physique changed and her face changed," Muserlian said enthusiastically. "She's always followed this program to the letter."

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