These determined graduates crossed the stage to pick up their certificates, sang and celebrated their success.
The Dunbar diabetes prevention program class of 2019 gathered at the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church on Friday evening with nearly 50 supportive family, friends and previous program graduates to mark this moment in their lives.
But it nearly didn’t happen.
Just two months before graduation, this class wasn’t making the grade. To graduate, the 13 participants had to lose 5 percent of their collective weight.
“We didn’t keep up what we needed to do,” participant Cherrie Morris says. “We got back into bad habits.”
First, Hurricane Florence in the fall disrupted their progress by interfering with their ability to exercise and stay with their healthy eating habits.
But they recovered, and halfway through the year-long class, the group had lost 3.6 percent of their collective weight. But then they slipped, and with only two months until graduation, they had only lost 1.6 percent of their overall weight.