When Bernadette started attending the day program for individuals with developmental disabilities at Bridgewell's Boston Street Center in Lynn, she was primarily wheelchair-bound due to her weight. With the help of Bridgewell staff, Bernadette made a commitment to get active, get healthy, and in doing so, transform her life. Through her incredible strength and determination, she has since lost over 200 pounds and traded in her wheelchair!
Bernadette's healthy new lifestyle includes all of the Boston Street Center's weekly exercise groups and regular use of the exercise bike in the Boston Street gym. In addition, she now enjoys walks and yoga class in her free time. Bernadette is also a very active participant in Boston Street's nutrition group, and enjoys researching, selecting, and preparing healthy recipes for her cooking group.
Bernadette's whole world has opened up in so many ways. Currently, she is reading up on the rules of the road in a driver's manual and expanding her artistic repertoire through a weekly painting class. The possibilities for Bernadette are endless, and we can't wait to see what her future brings!
Pictured: Bernadette with her sister Yvette were featured in the 2012 Imagine the Possibilities Gala video.