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MHS Flex Houseparents Focus on Health and Wellness

By Daniel Bass, MHS Flex Houseparent

It is an uphill battle in America to live a healthy lifestyle, but every small choice can have an impact on future health outcomes.

While our wellness journeys are individual, the biggest change came for my wife, Carmen, and me, when we made the decision in August 2019 to adopt Brightline Eating (BLE) as a way of life. BLE helps individuals who struggle with being overweight find success where so many other attempts fail.

In BLE we use the acronym “NSV,” which stands for Non-Scale Victory. They are those little and huge things that can’t be measured by the scale but keep you motivated along the journey to your goal. So far, since losing 100 pounds each, we are off of all high-blood pressure medications, feeling comfortable in clothing, shopping in a “normal” clothing store, no longer needing CPAP machines to sleep, fitting into any ride at Hersheypark, and the list could go on as we look forward to finding even more NSVs!

Daniel and Carmen Bass, MHS Houseparents

While BLE is not something we suggest MHS students adopt at this point in their lives, one of the main elements we do talk to students about is minimizing the amount of “added sugar” they consume. Because our student population is particularly susceptible to diabetes, we think this is a message they should hear on a regular basis.

Our before and after photos give us the opportunity to show MHS students just what an impact sugar can have on your health. Now that we are healthier, we are more active and engaged with our students. Whether it is a hike or another physical activity, we are both more excited to be active participants in their lives.

Whenever you tell someone you have lost over 100 pounds you are admitting that you made many bad choices, but every new day allows us the opportunity to make better choices which will lead to better outcomes over time.

A quote that has stuck with me during this journey, “Losing weight is hard—living with Diabetes is hard. Choose your hard.”


Milton Hershey School is carefully following federal and state guidelines, CDC considerations, and MHS-established health and safety protocols to keep our campus a safe, nurturing, and healthy place. Any group photos of unmasked subjects were taken prior to the face coverings mandate.

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