PRINCETON — A registered dietitian who has battled her own weight issues throughout the years has expanded her business in Princeton to help others who struggle with losing weight.
Kim Park of Princeton recently opened Rejuvenation Station Nutrition and Weight Management Solutions at 432 S. Main St. in Princeton.
“I am a registered dietitian and have battled my own weight issues like 60 percent of other Americans do,” said Park. “I have always been interested in nutrition and health, but as I have gotten older, it has become more of a challenge for me to keep my own weight under control.”
What spurred Park to find weight loss solutions for her came about after going through a continuing education program through the American Dietetic Association on Adult Weight Management.
“Some of the sessions I attended were on the use of meal replacement and how they have been studied and proven to be a successful tool to help clients lose weight and maintain weight loss,” she said.
Park was going to another town for an expensive weight loss program at the time to control her own weight and blood pressure issues, so this weight loss tool triggered an interest in her.
Park said she knows the importance of a healthy weight and lifestyle through her dad’s health-related issues and her mom, who is very health conscious, passing this interest onto her.
She liked that instead of handing clients a piece of paper and sending them on their way to figure out what was OK to eat on their own, meal replacement is a tool she, as a dietitian, can offer to help them attain their goal of losing weight.
Park started with a small office in Dr. Dennis Farrell’s East Peru Street building two summers ago, and as the number of people increased and her product line expanded, she needed more space.
During her research for a larger location, one of Park’s clients who had lost weight through the program was Karen Townsend. Townsend and her husband, Mark, had purchased the 432 S. Main St. building where Fitzgerald’s is located in Princeton and were looking for a tenant in a vacant space.
Park and her husband, Joe, decided to move to this location to allow Rejuvenation Station to have more products on display and allow for a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes. It also has a meeting area for wellness-related topic presentations and “Swap Eats” where clients can sample and trade products with each other.
Rejuvenation Station has been open for a month and during that time, Park reports she has been getting positive feedback from others on being able to lose weight through the use of the products she stocks.
“There are no secret ingredients to the product line,” she said. “Most of the products are a good source of protein which makes you feel full longer and protects your lean body mass while losing weight, although it is important to point out that this is not a high protein diet but an adequate protein diet.”
Most of the products are lower in carbohydrates and contain fiber to help control blood sugar, she added. They are also lower in fat than many commercial products found on the retail market.
Park started her career in nutrition at a weight loss clinic in Rockford after getting her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics at Illinois State University in the 1980s.
“It is nice to bring it full circle back to my hometown with a retail clinic in downtown Princeton,” she said. “There is no consultation or start-up fee to get started on the weight loss program, but an initial appointment is needed so that one-on-one time is set aside to individualize a program for a new client.”
Retail hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The business’ website is at www.rejuvenationstation.info or email Park at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are also available early morning and evening hours. Call 815-915-6633 to set up an appointment.
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