Riverview Health’s Body Knowledge program aids Noblesville resident


Jeanette Wiles wanted to lose weight, but she wanted to keep it off.

From left, Brittany Nelson, registered dietitian and corporate wellness supervisor, consults with Jeanette Wiles, Body Knowledge program client (Submitted photo)

“I wanted to lose weight, but I wanted to do it in a sustainable manner,” said Wiles, a Noblesville resident. “In the past, I’d been on a yo-yo. I’d lose weight and not feel so good and gain some weight. I wanted to do something I could continue doing.”

So, Nelson decided to start with Riverview Health’s Body Knowledge program in late March 2017. The program began in November 2016.

Wiles, 74, has lost 36 pounds of fat.

Brittany Nelson, registered dietitian and corporate wellness supervisor, runs the program that uses Bod Pod,  which measures fat and lean body mass.

“We’ve had all different types of clients. That includes people that are more athletic or athletes that want Bod Pod measurements monthly to see how body composition is changing,” Nelson said. “With our clients, we’ve had really good success.”

Nelson said programs range in length from four weeks to 10 months.

Wiles has been doing Bod Pod since March 28, 2017. There are 16 weeks, plus once a month for six months. Nelson said the longer program allows for setting long- and short-term goals

“We can give them the education they need as far as nutrition and calories needed for weight loss,” Nelson said. “With the Bod Pod, we can view when you lose fat and when you lose muscle. For instance, Jeanette, halfway through her program, her fat free mass was decreasing, which could possibly be muscle. We were able to set her up with one of our exercise specialists, which helped her halt her muscle loss, and she actually gained a little bit more muscle by doing that. If we didn’t have the Bod Pod, we would have never been able to do it.”

Wiles said she had never tried much of an exercise program in the past.

“What Bod Pod did for me was motivate me to see what I needed to do,” Wiles said of exercise. “I was losing weight, but I really (was) starting to lose muscle, which I feel has been a problem in the past as I’ve tried to lose weight. With this program, I went to a trainer, and he gave me strength training exercises, so I can see now with Bod Pod, I’m losing fat but not muscle.”

Wiles is involved with the Aqua Joints exercise program at Riverview Health Rehab & Fitness in Noblesville.

“It’s a love-hate relationship with my elliptical,” Wiles said. “I hate to do it, but I miss it when I don’t do it.”

Wiles said she is motivated to raise her activity level and that she lost weight through other diets but didn’t keep it off.

There will be free Body Knowledge seminars at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and March 14 at Riverview Rehab & Fitness.

To register, riverview.org/classes/body-knowledge-seminar.